Government banned 47 more Chinese apps

Vaishali Singh

On July 27, 2020, Government Of India banned the 47 more Chinese apps. It’s been nearly a month after the ban of the 59 new Chinese apps, taking the total number of 106 blocked mobile applications.The new apps include clones and different versions of some of the original apps, official sources said, adding that action may soon be taken against more Chinese apps operating in India. About a month ago the GOVt. banned apps such as TikTok, Uc browser, Helo, CamScanner, WeChat, Shareit, MiCommunity, for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order.

The new banned apps include Cam Scanner HD, and light version of censored apps such as Likee, Bigo Live, and Helo etc. It is believed thst the government is closely scrutinising other apps that have Chinese bearings. These includes top gaming apps.

The other reasons, the government is concerned about the data collection and data harvesting practices of these apps and feels that these processes may be prejudicial to the security of the country. The government has so far sent a long list of questions to Chinese app developers. Many of the companies are yet to respond to the questionnaire.