As international tensions mount along the border continue, the Indian Government has decided to ban Chinese apps. One thing to take note is that only those apps that divert data and those with privacy issues, have been banned, not all of them.
The Government of India has announced a ban on 59 Chinese apps in total, including Tik Tok, which access users data. the usage of such apps is banned both in the mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices.
A government press release announcing the ban stated, “The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”
This press release further stated that the Indian Information Technology Ministry has received “many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of certain apps.”
the press release mentioned, “The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues.“
The move to ban these Chinese apps move will ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace. This move has been taken to safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to , the press release continued.
The List Of Apps Banned
Clash of Kings
DU battery saver
Mi Video Call Xiaomi
ES File Explorer
Viva Video QU Video Inc
New Video Status
Cache Cleaner DU App studio
Hago Play With New Friends
Clean Master Cheetah Mobile
QQ Security Center
V fly Status Video
But how are the netizens reacting to it? Let’s find out –
Main to ye sochra hu unka kya hoga jinke bio me “ Actor on TikTok” Likha tha.— Harsh SOGGY Beniwal (@iamharshbeniwal) June 29, 2020
Ye 2020 mein saala ek hi aadmi khush hai wo hai carryminati😂@CarryMinati— Ashish Chanchlani (@ashchanchlani) June 29, 2020