The Government bans 59 Chinese apps in India — a country of 130 crore citizens over the concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy.
Amidst the heightened tensions with China along the LAC — Line of Actual Control, the Government of India on 29th of June 2020 took an unprecedented step and decided to ban around 59 Chinese applications.
The list of 59 mobile apps with their origin in China includes TikTok, Shein, ROMWE, SHAREit, UC Browser, UC News, CamScanner, WeChat, Helo, Mi Community, Club Factory, Xender and Mi Video Call — Xiaomi.
These apps have been banned over concerns relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians. These concerns also pose a threat to the sovereignty and security of our nation. In the past few months, the Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms. These apps were being used for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India. When the data is compiled with its mining and profiling, it becomes a threat to national security.
The Cyber Crime Coordination Centre of India, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent a comprehensive recommendation for blocking these evil-intentioned apps on Android and iOS platforms. Many citizens of India have put forward their concerns regarding the security of data & breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues which are received by the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN).
The Complete List of Banned Chinese Apps in India
What Led to the Digital Strike Move
The development has come in the wake of a massive spike in tensions along the 3,488-kilometre-long de-facto border with China, following the Galwan Valley clash in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed in action.
An unspecified number of Chinese troops were also killed in the clash on the intervening night of June 15 and 16, which happened when Indian soldiers had gone to inspect whether the Chinese had withdrawn from the Galwan River bend in the valley which was on the Indian side of the LAC.
The Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in the eyeball-to-eyeball situation along the LAC at several locations for nearly two months now. The first violent clash had taken place between the troops of the two armies at Pangong Tso on May 5, in which nearly 100 troops were injured.