Ministry of Home Affairs has banned 54 Chinese apps that may cause threat to security. The news was released by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said, “These 54 apps allegedly obtain various critical permissions and collects sensitive user data. These collected real-time data are being misused and transmitted to servers located in hostile country.”
Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera, Sweet Selfie HD, Viva Video Editor, Tencent Xriver, Garena Free Fire – Illuminate, Onmyoji Arena, Dual Space Lite and AppLock are to name a few from the list of Chinese apps banned by the government.
Government did the same last where it banned more than 59 Chinese apps that were collecting sensitive data from users mobile phones and sending to external servers. In that course, popular apps like WeChat, TikTok and Helo were banned as they were imposing a threat on national security.
This to note that these Chinese apps banned; are under Section 69A of Information Technology Act. India has been in border tensions with China since 2020 and it has banned over 321 apps since then. Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology first started bans in June 2020. The checks were made by the ministry after China attacked Indian soldiers in Galwan Valley. 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the attack in Eastern Ladakh.
Popular game PubG app was also banned in 2020. But the company relaunched the app with a new name and did corrections so that it can stay in the Indian market. PubG came back with new name Battlegrounds Mobile India and soon gained the popularity among gamers.
The people are still left with no sense of security because such apps keep emerging in the market. The ambiguity of the apps is such that you get tempted when you see hundreds of people using them. Government should build an infrastructure that scrutinizes the apps before launching them in the market.