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Chinese App: Government of India bans 59 Chinese apps including UC News, Tik Tok, and Bigo

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The Government of India on Monday announced the ban on 59 Chinese apps including UC News, Tik Tok, Bigo Live, and many others.”

In a statement issued, the Ministry of Information Technology said, “These apps have been removed under section 69A of the Information Technology Act, read with the relevant provision of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009.”

“The Ministry of Information Technology has received several complaints from various sources, including several reports about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting user data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India,” the statement said.

“The compilation of these data, its mining, and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defense 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 Ministry in its statement added.

“The Ministry has also received many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding the security of data and risk to privacy relating to the operation of certain apps. The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding the security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues. There have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India,” the statement added.

Adding to the statement, the Ministry further said, “Such apps pose threats 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.”

List of Apps:

  1. TikTok
  2. Shareit
  3. Kwai
  4. UC Browser
  5. Baidu map
  6. Shein
  7. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
  8. WeSync
  9. ES File Explorer
  10. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  11. Meitu
  12. Vigo Video
  13. Clash of Kings
  14. DU battery saver
  15. Helo
  16. Likee
  17. YouCam makeup
  18. Mi Community
  19. CM Browers
  20. Virus Cleaner
  21. APUS Browser
  22. ROMWE
  23. Club Factory
  24. Newsdog
  25. Beutry Plus
  26. WeChat
  27. UC News
  28. QQ Mail
  29. Weibo
  30. Xender
  31. QQ Music
  32. QQ Newsfeed
  33. Bigo Live
  34. SelfieCity
  35. Mail Master
  36. Parallel Space
  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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