India bans TikTok, WeChat, other Chinese apps over 'security' concerns

India bans Tik Tok among 59 apps mostly Chinese

India bans Tiktok among 59 apps, mostly Chinese

Here's the full list of the banned apps. The government said such concerns also pose a threat to sovereignty and security of the country.

India on Monday banned 59, mostly Chinese, mobile apps including Bytedance's TikTok and Tencent's WeChat in its strongest move yet targeting China in the online space since a border crisis erupted between the two countries this month.

India's technology ministry issued an order stating the apps are "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order".

The order by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology comes two weeks after 20 Indian soldiers were killed and 76 wounded in a violent clash with their Chinese counterparts in Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control.

The Indian government said the decision to ban the apps was in order to protect the data and privacy of its 1.3 billion citizens and put a stop to technology that was "stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users' data in an unauthorised manner to servers outside India".

The list of apps that the central government has banned
The list of apps that the central government has banned

India has been attempting to reduce its reliance on trade with China for the past few years, primarily with the government's Made in India program.

The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps. Thus Ministry has also received many representations raisig concerns from citizens regarding security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of certain apps.

The decision was made under section 69A of India's Information Technology Act, the ministry added, which allows the government to block the public from accessing potentially risky information. Likewise, there have been Similaf bipartisan concerns. flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India.

Chinese mobiles have an nearly 65 percent share in the local smartphone market, while video-sharing apps like TikTok and Helo are popular among India's youths.

Among others, the list of apps includes services for things like gaming, sharing files, mailing, and accessing news. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace'.

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