TikTok, Helo of Bytedance removed from Google, Apple stores in India

Yolanda Curtis
June 30, 2020

Chingari, an Indian app and a rival of TikTok, said that for a very long time "TikTok has been spying on users and sending back the data to China".

The announcement came after 20 Indian soldiers were killed on June 15 in hand-to-hand clashes with Chinese troops in the first deadly violence on their disputed Himalayan border in 45 years.

TikTok is one of more than 50 Chinese-made apps that have been banned by the Ministry of Information over concerns that they "pose a threat to sovereignty and security" of India.

The Indian government on Monday evening said it was banning 59 apps developed by Chinese firms over concerns that these apps were "engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, and security of state and public order" in what is the latest standoff between the two most populated nations in the world. "We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications", Nikhil Gandhi, Head of TikTok, India said.

The ministry said that it has received complaints from various sources about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms, which steal and transfer users' data in an unauthorised manner to locations outside India.

Upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the government has chose to disallow the usage of certain apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices.

The information technology ministry said that the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre of the Ministry of Home Affairs has also recommended blocking these apps. Likewise, there have been Similaf bipartisan concerns. flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India.

And, in a move that could potentially be followed by other countries, India have banned 59 Chinese apps including the likes of Tik Tok. These apps are listed in the attached appendix. "This decision is a targeted move to ensure the safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace".

As such, the statement continued, the government is banning a host of allegedly violating apps.

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