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India bans 47 more Chinese mobile apps, 275 more apps under radar including PUBG

Chinese app ban: India has banned 47 clone apps of the earlier banned 59 apps including Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite and VFY Lite.

Jul 28, 2020 12:26 IST
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Chinese app ban: The Indian Government banned 47 Chinese apps on July 24, 2020, in addition to the 59 earlier banned apps. The  47 apps were acting as clones of the earlier banned 59 Chinese apps. 

The Indian government is also investigating 275 more apps for possible violations of national security and user privacy. The apps under radar include one of India's top gaming app, PUBG.  

The decision to ban the apps was taken during a security review meeting of the Telecom Ministry. The government is yet to release the full list of banned Chinese apps. 

Which apps have been banned?

India has banned 47 more apps that have links to China. Most of them are clones of the previously banned apps or are  from the same parent company. Some of the banned apps include Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite and VFY Lite.

What we know so far?

•  The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has banned 47 Chinese apps that variants and cloned copies of the 59 Chinese apps banned earlier in June.

•  The banned clone apps include Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite and VFY Lite.

• Around 275 more apps are under the government scanner over concerns of national security and privacy including the popular gaming app 'PUBG', which is owned by tech giant Tencent. 

• The government is examining apps that are not just fully-owned by Chinese companies but have investments from China as well.

• With the fresh ban, the total number of Chinese mobile applications banned in India for being prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity and defence of the country has gone up to 106. 

Significance 

The Indian government had recently issued a warning to the developers of the 59 banned Chinese apps to strictly comply with the ban order. As per news sources, the Union  Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology had written to the concerned companies stating that the continued availability of the apps and their operation, either directly or indirectly, was illegal and will be counted as an offence under the Information Technology Act. The government had warned that those app makers who violate the order could face serious action. 

Background 

The Ministry of Information Technology had on June 29, 2020 banned the 59 Chinese Apps by invoking the power conferred to it under 69A of the Information Technology Act. The apps were stated to be prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India as well to the security of state, public order and Defence of India. Some of the banned apps include TikTok, Helo, WeChat, Shein, Shareit, CamScanner, UC Browser etc. 

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