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Government Bans 59 Chinese mobile apps which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India

Government Bans 59 Chinese mobile apps which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India



In the wake of the ongoing dispute with China, the Ministry of Information Technology has banned another 59 mobile apps from China, taking another step in the field of Chinese products being boycotted in the country.

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Ministry of Electronics & IT
Government Bans 59 mobile apps which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order
29 JUN 2020

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 ( see Appendix) since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.

Over the last few years, India has emerged as a leading innovator when it comes to technological advancements and a primary market in the digital space.

At the same time, there have been raging concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians. It has been noted recently that such concerns also pose a threat to sovereignty and security of our country. The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India. The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures.

The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps. This Ministry has also received many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of certain apps. The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues. Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against Apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.

On the basis of these and upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such Apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the Government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices. These apps are listed in the attached appendix.

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.

Appendix

1. Tik Tok 2. Shareit
3. Kwai 4. UC Browser
5. Baidu map 6. Shein
7. Clash of Kings 8. DU battery saver
9. Helo 10. Likee
11. YouCam Makeup 12. Mi Community
13. CM Browser 14. Virus Cleaner
15. APUS Browser 16. ROMWE
17. Club Factory 18. Newsdog
19. Beuty Plus 20. WeChat
21. UC News 22. QQ Mail
23. Weibo 24. Xendeer
25. QQ Music 26. QQ Newsfeed
27. Bigo Live 28. SelfieCity
29. Mail Master 30. Parallel Space
31. Mi Video Call-Xiaomi 32. WeSync
33. ES File Explorer 34. Viva Video - QU Video Inc
35. Meitu 36. Vigo Video
37. New Video Status 38. DU Recorder
39. Vault-Hide 40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
41. DU Cleaner 42. DU Browser
43. Hago Play With New Friends 44. Cam Scanner
45. Clean Master-Cheetah Mobile 46. Wonder Camera
47. Photo Wonder 48. QQ Player
49. We Meet 50. Sweet Selfie
51. Baidu Translate 52. Vmate
53. QQ International 54. QQ Security Center
55. QQ Launcher 56. U Video
57. V fly Status Video 58. Mobile Legends
59. DU Privacy

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