Before the third round of conversation between the Indian and Chinese military commanders, the Indian Government has “blocked” 59 Chinese apps throughout India. The apps include- some of the most-loved apps in India like- ShareIT, UC Browser, WeChat, TikTok, CamScanner, etc.
As per the Indian Government, this step has been taken for “engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”
On Monday, the Information Technology Ministry of India announced a ban on “malicious Apps” after receiving multiple complaints of data theft via Chinese apps.
The Government said- “This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian Cyberspace.”
“Modi government has shown its resolve and dexterity to engage China on multiple fronts and hit China where it hurts the most. This is India’s first salvo to China after the border clashes, showing that India has a diverse range of retaliatory options.” An official said.
According to some sources, the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre found that the crucial user data flowed to China even after blocking a few Chinese apps. Further research found out that apps like- TikTok were infused with cameras, full network access, and microphone settings to use data so that any of the Indian authorities cannot verify it.
“With access to people’s cameras and PCs, these Apps heightened the risk of espionage as they could access other devices and servers that may be linked. Already there were concerns about misuse of TikTok for spreading hate or sexual content, including child porn, but what really led to the decision to block was suspicion on espionage,”– a source said.
Some of the most loved Chinese apps banned in India and removed from Google PlayStore, includes- TikTok, ShareIT, MI Video Call- Xiaomi, Helo, We Meet, Photo Wonder, UC News, Beauty Plus, Likee, Shein, Bigo Live, Parallel Space, U Video, DU Privacy, Meltu, etc.