For the third time, the Indian government has banned Chinese mobile apps (India bans 118 Chinese Apps) amidst the ongoing tension between India and China. This time 118 mobile apps have been banned, including the popular gaming app PUBG, banned in India. The government has banned them from citing national security.
Chinese apps that have been banned this time include mobile apps such as Livik, WeChat Work and WeChat Reading, Applock, Carrom Friends, besides PUBG and LifeAfter.
List of apps banned in India
Citing national security
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has banned these mobile apps using their powers under Section 69A of the IT Act. According to the government, these apps were involved in activities against India’s sovereignty, defense, and security of states and public order.
These apps were involved in data theft and activities against India’s security and sovereignty, the Ministry of App has said in its statement that it had received many complaints about these apps. We had received several reports that some mobile apps on Android and iOS platforms were stealing users’ data and constantly passing them illegally to their servers located outside the country.
So far, 224 Chinese mobile apps have been banned. Earlier, many apps in China, including the popular TikTok, have been banned. In late June, India banned 59 mobile apps from China, including TikTok, Halo. 47 more Chinese apps were later banned in late July. Thus far 224 apps in China have been banned.