Banned in India, TikTok to Meet Govt Panel to Present ‘Clarification’, Says Will Comply With Privacy Needs

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Banned in India, TikTok to Meet Govt Panel to Present ‘Clarification’, Says Will Comply With Privacy Needs

The Chinese apps banned in India include TikTok, Shareit, WeChat, Helo, Likee, UC News, Bigo Live, UC Browser, ES File Explorer and Mi Community.

The Centre on Monday, June 29, banned 59 Chinese mobile applications citing reasons that they are engaged in activities which are detrimental in the interest of the national security.

The ban has been extended to some of the most popular apps like TikTok, SHAREiT, UC Browser and WeChat which either have preferential Chinese interest or parent Chinese companies.

The Ministry of Information Technology, in a release, said that the decision to ban these apps was taken after it was found that ‘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.’

The statement further added that ‘the ministry received complaints from various sources including several reports about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously parking users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.’

It also said that ‘the move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is targeted to ensure the safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.’

‘For safety, security, defence, sovereignty & integrity of India and to protect data & privacy of people of India the Government has banned 59 mobile apps. Jai Hind!’ Law, Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Twitter.

Interestingly, last week, the government also made the mention of the ‘Country of Origin’ mandatory for sellers listing their products in the Government e-Marketplace. A move that was said to be in the direction of the country’s fight against Chinese products, step towards an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat.’

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) welcomed the move saying, ‘This huge unprecedented step will go a long way in strengthening the ‘Boycott China’ campaign of CAIT.’

The step of banning applications is believed to be due to the ongoing tensions at the border between India and China that claimed the lives of 20 Indian Army personnel on June 15.

59 Chinese Apps Banned in India :

  1. TikTok
  2. Shareit
  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. Beutry Plus
  20. WeChat
  21. UC News
  22. QQ Mail
  23. Weibo
  24. Xender
  25. Q 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