India bans TikTok, dozens of other Chinese apps

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Now, the government has reportedly taken an official decision to ban a total of 59 Chinese apps in the country.

The IT ministry said it has received several complaints from various sources on misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms that steal and "surreptitiously" transmit users' data in an unauthorised manner to servers located outside the country.

It's also not clear whether India's ban on TikTok is somehow related to recent security concerns about how the app was handling clipboard content on some devices.

The ban comes less than two weeks after a deadly border clash between Chinese and Indian troops, which saw at least 20 Indian soldiers lose their lives.

It said there have been mounting concerns about data security and safeguarding the privacy of 1.3 billion Indians.

The Indian government on Monday evening said it was banning 59 apps developed by Chinese firms over concerns that these apps were "engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, and security of state and public order" in what is the latest standoff between the two most populated nations in the world. Apparently, the decision has been taken for apps "which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order".

India bans Tiktok among 59 apps, mostly Chinese

India has been attempting to reduce its reliance on trade with China for the past few years, primarily with the government's Made in India program. The ministry added that this situation requires "emergency measures".

Here's the full list of the banned apps. The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERTJN) has also received many representations from czens regarding security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues.

On the basis of these and upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such apps pose threat to sovereignty and Integrity of India, the Government of India has chose to disallow the usage of certain apps. used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices.

Among others, the list of apps includes services for things like gaming, sharing files, mailing, and accessing news.

"This move will safeguard the interests of crores [tens of millions] of Indian mobile and internet users".

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