As tensions between India-China rise, a number of Chinese apps have come under the scrutiny eye of the Indian Intelligence Agencies. The agencies have listed down as many as 52 Chinese apps that entertain security loopholes and extract a good chunk of data from the users.
The agencies have asked the central government to block or restrict the use of these 52 Chinese apps and mobile applications linked to China.
The list of apps includes the likes of TikTok, Zoom, UC Browser, Xender, SHAREit and many more. The agencies report that these apps are not secure and extract a large amount of data outside India, as mentioned by government officials cited in a Hindustan Times report.
Here’s the full list of apps
As per HT, all these apps will be checked one by one to check the risk attached to them. Until then, the intelligence agencies have asked people to refrain from using these apps.
The reports by the Intelligence Agencies say that the Android and iOS versions of these apps have the potential to be used as spyware or other malicious ware. And since the apps are controlled from China, security agencies have advised against their use in view of the “detrimental impact that this could have on data security.”