(NEW DELHI) — India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese language hyperlinks, saying their actions endanger the nation’s sovereignty, protection and safety.
India’s determination comes as its troops are concerned in a tense standoff with Chinese language troopers in jap Ladakh within the Himalayas that began final month. India misplaced 20 troopers in a June 15 conflict.
The banned apps embrace TikTok, UC Browser WeChat and Bigo Stay, in addition to e-commerce platforms Membership Manufacturing facility and Shein, which might be utilized in cell and non-mobile gadgets related to the Web, in response to a authorities assertion.
“The Ministry of Data Know-how has obtained many complaints from varied sources together with a number of reviews about misuse of some cell apps obtainable on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting customers’ information in an unauthorized method to servers which have places exterior India,” the assertion mentioned.
It mentioned there have been mounting issues about information safety and safeguarding the privateness of 1.three billion Indians. The federal government mentioned such issues additionally pose a risk to sovereignty and safety of the nation.
The compilation of those information, its mining and profiling by parts hostile to nationwide safety and the protection of India was “a matter of very deep and instant concern which requires emergency measures,” the assertion continued.