India bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, WeChat. Here is the full list
"On the basis of these and upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such Apps pose threat 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," the government said.
In the latest stand-off between India and China, the central government on Monday banned 59 mobile apps, including China's TikTok, SHAREiT and WeChat, terming them prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and national security.
In an official statement, the IT Ministry said it has received many 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 users' data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India".
"The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence 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 statement said.
The list of the apps
The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs, has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these apps.
"On the basis of these and upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such Apps pose threat 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," it said.
The statement added that this move will "safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace".
2/ Re Chinese retaliation, there will be particular Indian tech cos. who do biz in China that might be hurt, but this is one area where PRC not giving cos. mkt access limits their 1-to-1 leverage. & Chinese capital going into India into tech cos. hasn't been a favor but cuz of $$— Tanvi Madan (@tanvi_madan) June 29, 2020
With 800 million smartphone users, India is a major market for Chinese app makers. About 30% of TikTok users -- about 119 million -- for instance, are from India and 10% of its revenues come from the country.
The government is yet to give more clarity on how the ban will work, how it will affect smartphones in which these apps are inbuilt, and when the apps will be removed from the App Stores and so on.
59 #Banned #Apps— Munzir Ahmad (@iamhacker) June 29, 2020
-- How will this ban work?
-- Will these apps be removed from the Google Play store in India?
--These apps are already installed in crores of smartphones, how will they be blocked?
--All these apps are still available on the Play Store and App Store.