Government of India bans 47 Chinese clone Apps: 58 Apps banned in June; over 250 more under scanner for user privacy violation

    27-Jul-2020   
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Government of India has banned 47 more Chinese apps over user privacy violation.
 
Earlier, the government had banned 59 China-based apps on the grounds of national security and data privacy. Official sources said these 47 apps are clones of the previously banned Chinese apps.
 
The government said these apps were engaged in activities that were prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity and defence of India.
 
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 the information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order".
 
According to reports, the officials have prepared a list of over 250 Chinese apps, including apps linked to Alibaba and gaming app PUBG, and will examine for any user privacy or national security violations.