Govt bans 47 extra Chinese apps; most of them clones, variants of apps blocked earlier

New Delhi, July 27

India has banned 47 extra apps with hyperlinks to China, most being clones or from the identical mother or father firm whose most important purposes had been banned final month, a supply mentioned.

The banned clones embrace TikTok Lite, Helo Lite, Shareit Lite and Bigo Live Lite, amongst others.

A whole listing of the banned purposes has not been launched but.

This takes the whole variety of cell purposes banned for being prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity and defence of the nation to 106. 

The 47 apps which were banned now are largely clones and variants of the purposes which had been blocked earlier, the supply aware of the event mentioned.

The authorities had final month banned 59 Chinese apps, together with TikTok, CamScanner, Shareit, UC Browser, Baidu Map, Bigo Live and Vigo Video. 

The banned apps additionally included Helo, Likee, Mi Video Call – Xiaomi, Clash of Kings in addition to e-commerce platforms Club Factory and Shein. 

Then on July 21, the federal government directed the 59 apps to make sure strict compliance to its orders, and warned of great motion in case of any violation. 

In truth, the IT Ministry wrote to the mentioned firms warning that continued availability and operation of the banned apps, instantly or not directly, can be an offence beneath the Information Technology Act and different relevant legal guidelines, and would appeal to penal provisions. 

The ministry had made it clear that if any app within the banned listing is discovered to be made obtainable by the corporate by any means to be used inside India, instantly or not directly, it could be construed as a violation of the federal government orders.

Earlier on June 29, the IT Ministry’s assertion on ban of 59 cell apps had cited quite a few complaints obtained from varied quarters, together with a number of experiences about misuse of some cell apps obtainable on Android and iOS platforms for “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India”. 

“The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” the ministry’s assertion of June 29 had mentioned.

The IT Ministry had invoked its energy beneath Section 69A of the Information Technology Act and guidelines to dam the 59 apps in view of knowledge obtainable that they had been “engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.” — PTI

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