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List of 59 Chinese mobile apps banned in India

59 Chinese mobile apps banned in India: The Government of India has blocked 59 apps under Section 69A of the IT Act to protect sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order. Check the complete list below.
Jun 29, 2020 23:05 IST
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52 apps red-flagged by Intel Agencies

The Government of India has blocked 59 apps under Section 69A of the IT Act. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has banned the apps that are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) received multiple complaints from various sources as well as reports have also emerged about the misuse of users' data in an unauthorized manner to the servers located outside India by the mobile applications available on both Android and iOS platforms. Thus, to safeguard the data of 130 crore Indians, 59 apps have been banned in India. 

Not only MeitY but the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also recommended blocking several apps in the country. This recommendation was sent after the Ministry of Home Affairs received several complaints and rising concerns from the citizens over the data security and threat to privacy while using certain apps. The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) also received similar complaints from the citizens. 

Keeping the above-mentioned concerns in view and also after receiving several credible inputs about the Apps which 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.

Earlier, the Intelligence agencies of India red-flagged 52 mobile apps that were linked to China over concerns that they extract huge information outside India. As per a report compiled by Hindustan Times, the Intelligence agencies sent the list to the government to either block the apps in India or advice people not to use these apps. The decision was backed by the National Security Council Secretariat. 

Many apps that have been blocked by the Government of Indian are widely popular among Indians, such as TikTok, SHAREit, UC Browser, UC News, SHEIN, Mi Community, Helo, etc. All of these apps are live on both Andriod and iOS platforms in India. 

However, this is not the first time that the Indian Security Agencies have asked the Indians to refrain themselves from using the apps that are linked with China. Earlier this year, the Ministry of  Home Affairs, Government of India, has issued an advisory over the Zoom video conferencing app that it is not safe to use as it is vulnerable to cyber-attacks. The app is already banned in countries like Germany, Singapore, Taiwan, etc. 

In a 16-page advisory, the Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord) has warned that the Zoom app is vulnerable to cyber-attacks, which may lead to the leakage of the sensitive information to the criminals. Ministry of Home Affairs further stated that people who are still willing to use the Zoom app must follow certain safety measures. 

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List of 59 banned mobile apps 

  1. TikTok
  2. SHARE it
  3. Kwai
  4. UC Browser
  5. Baidu map
  6. Shein
  7. Clash of Kings
  8. DU battery saver
  9. Helo
  10. Likee
  11. YouCam makeup
  12. Mi Community
  13. CM Browers
  14. Virus Cleaner
  15. APUS Browser
  16. ROMWE
  17. Club Factory
  18. NewsDog
  19. Beauty Plus
  20. WeChat
  21. UC News
  22. QQ Mail
  23. Weibo
  24. Xender
  25. QQ Music
  26. QQ Newsfeed
  27. Bigo Live
  28. SelfieCity
  29. Mail Master
  30. Parallel Space
  31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
  32. WeSync
  33. ES File Explorer
  34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  35. Meitu
  36. Vigo Video
  37. New Video Status
  38. DU Recorder
  39. Vault-Hide
  40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  41. DU Cleaner
  42. DU Browser
  43. Hago Play With New Friends
  44. Cam Scanner
  45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  46. Wonder Camera
  47. Photo Wonder
  48. QQ Player
  49. We Meet
  50. Sweet Selfie
  51. Baidu Translate
  52. Vmate
  53. QQ International
  54. QQ Security Center
  55. QQ Launcher
  56. U Video
  57. V fly Status Video
  58. Mobile Legends
  59. DU Privacy
     

As per the Government of India, these applications that are either developed by China or launched by companies linked to China for Andriod and iOS platforms and have the potential to be used as spyware or some other kind of malicious ware. Many Western countries have also raised concerns over using the hardware and software linked with China as the information can be used by its Government in case of conflicts. 

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