India bans Tiktok among 59 apps, mostly Chinese

Yolanda Curtis
June 29, 2020

The Confederation of All India Traders ( CAIT) also complimented Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and the Government of India for such a massive step of banning 59 Chinese applications, which will be a big support to CAIT's Boycott Chinese Goods campaign. It's not clear at this moment how the list of apps was created, and civil society groups like the Internet Freedom Foundation say that this ban might not be proper use of Section 69A of the IT Act.

The Government of India today banned 59 mobile apps. It has been noted recently that such concerns also pose a threat to sovereignty and security of our country.

The Government of India on Monday banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including TikTok, UC Browser and others.

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The official statement from the ministry of IT and electronics said that the government had to look into the apps after many complaints in the public domain to take action against apps which are allegedly making it easier for data from Indian users. Apps like UC browser, TikTok, ShareIt, etc are on the list, which is called Chinese cyber doors to spy and steal information, and could be leveraged in any critical situations.

India's government has banned TikTok and dozens more Chinese-made apps it says are a danger to the country.

The news comes from PIB in a press release.

It is estimated that 120million people in India use TikTok which makes the country the biggest global market for the app. Thus, general speculation is that apps like these contain spyware are may be used for tracking and stealing sensitive information from users, and also be used for downplaying them in critical situations.

The purported ban comes amid the ongoing India-China standoff along LAC after 20 Indian soldiers were killed and several others grievously injured in a face-off with the Chinese troops in Ladakh's Galwan Valley.

They added that compilation, mining and platforming of this data was "a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures".

It also stated that "the Ministry of Information Technology has received many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding the security of data and risk to privacy relating to the operation of certain apps".

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