The Indian government has today banned 47 more apps of Chinese origin just a month after banning 59 Chinese applications.
According to sources, the 47 banned apps were functioning as clones of the earlier banned apps. The list of the 47 banned apps has not been released yet. The Indian government said that a detailed list of the 47 Chinese apps will be released shortly.
The decision came after a ban of 59 Chinese apps as border tensions continued in Ladakh between the Indian and Chinese army troops. The government added that these apps were banned for engaging in activities which were highly prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity, defence of India, and security of the state and public order.
The government of India has made it clear to users that these 47 apps and the 59 apps which were banned a month ago are a threat to the country’s national security and all the Indians are advised not to use them anymore. Google and Apple will also have to comply with the new ruling by the Indian government and remove these 47 apps from the Play Store and App Store respectively.
With the fresh ban, the total number of Chinese apps banned in India now stands at 106. As per sources, India has also drawn a list of over 250 more Chinese apps that are under scanner for any violation of user privacy and national security. These 250 apps in-radar are allegedly violating the user’s privacy. The 250 Chinese applications that are being reviewed by the Indian government, also have allegedly been sharing data with the Chinese agencies.
The Chinese applications that have come under the scanner include Alibaba, Tencent, Xiaomi, ByteDance, and Tencent-backed gaming app PUBG. Some other top gaming applications linked with China are also expected to be banned as per the new list.
The government of India said in a press release, “The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order.”
Reacting to the 59 apps banned by India, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that China is strongly concerned over the decision of the Indian government.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said in a statement, “China is strongly concerned, and is verifying the situation.”
He further added, “We want to stress that the Chinese government always asks Chinese businesses to abide by international and local laws-regulations. The Indian government has a responsibility to uphold the legal rights of international investors including Chinese ones.”