Govt bans 59 Chinese mobile apps, including TikTok

Govt bans 59 Chinese mobile apps, including TikTok

New Delhi, Jun 29 (PTI): The government on Monday banned 59 mobile apps, including China's TikTok, SHAREiT and WeChat, terming them prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and national security.

In an official statement, the IT Ministry said it has received many complaints from various sources, including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available 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 statement said.

The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs, has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps.

'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 decided to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices,' it said.

The statement added that this move will 'safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace'

Here's a list of the apps that have been banned:

UC Browser
Baidu map 
Clash of Kings 
DU battery saver 
YouCam makeup 
Mi Community 
CM Browers 
Virus Cleaner 
APUS Browser 
Club Factory 
Beutry Plus 
UC News 
QQ Mail 
QQ Music 
QQ Newsfeed 
Bigo Live 
Mail Master 
Parallel Space 
Mi Video Call Xiaomi 
ES File Explorer 
Viva Video QU Video Inc 
Vigo Video 
New Video Status 
DU Recorder 
Vault- Hide 
Cache Cleaner DU App studio 
DU Cleaner 
DU Browser 
Hago Play With New Friends 
Cam Scanner 
Clean Master Cheetah Mobile 
Wonder Camera 
Photo Wonder 
QQ Player 
We Meet 
Sweet Selfie 
Baidu Translate 
QQ International 
QQ Security Center 
QQ Launcher 
U Video 
V fly Status Video 
Mobile Legends 
DU Privacy