A few days ago, Indian intelligence agencies presented a list of Chinese apps to the government urging lawmakers to ban the app. Now, India has finally acted upon it and decided to ban 59 Chinese apps that include popular apps like TikTok, Helo, UC Browser, Shareit, and more.
These Chinese apps have been banned by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) of India citing it as threat to country’s sovereignty, integrity and national security.
Complete list of Chinese apps banned by India todayTiktokShareitHeloUC BrowserBaidu mapSheinClash of KingsDU battery saverKwaiLikeeYouCam makeupMi CommunityCM BrowserVirus CleanerAPUS BrowserROMWEClub FactoryNewsdogBeutry PlusWeChatUC NewsQQ MailWeiboXenderCache Cleaner DU App studioDU CleanerDU BrowserHago Play With New FriendsCam ScannerClean Master – Cheetah MobileWonder CameraPhoto WonderQQ MusicQQ NewsfeedBigo LiveSelfieCityMail MasterParallel SpaceMi Video Call – XiaomiWeSyncES File ExplorerViva Video – QU Video IncMeituVigo VideoNew Video StatusDU RecorderVault- HideQQ PlayerWe MeetSweet SelfieBaidu TranslateVmateQQ InternationalQQ Security CenterQQ LauncherU VideoV fly Status VideoMobile LegendsDU Privacy
Why did India ban Chinese apps?
MeitY says the government investigated the apps after receiving several complaints from the public domain against apps that allegedly harvested Indian user data. The ban is applicable to apps on both iOS and Android devices as well as any non-mobile counterparts.
Moreover, these Chinese apps were allegedly found siphoning data in an organized manner and sending it to servers outside the country. The government says that this step will likely put an end to such data theft by malicious apps.
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