Ministry of Electronics and IT has officially dropped a press release, mentioning the ban of 59 mobile apps.
- TikTok 31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
- Shareit 32. WeSync
- Kwai 33. ES File Explorer
- UC Browser 34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
- Baidu map 35. Meitu
- Shein 36. Vigo Video
- Clash of Kings 37. New Video Status
- DU battery saver 38. DU Recorder
- Helo 39. Vault- Hide
- Likee 40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
- YouCam makeup 41. DU Cleaner
- Mi Community 42. DU Browser
- CM Browers 43. Hago Play With New Friends
- Virus Cleaner 44. Cam Scanner
- APUS Browser 45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
- ROMWE 46. Wonder Camera
- Club Factory 47. Photo Wonder
- Newsdog 48. QQ Player
- Beutry Plus 49. We Meet
- WeChat 50. Sweet Selfie
- UC News 51. Baidu Translate
- QQ Mail 52. Vmate
- Weibo 53. QQ International
- Xender 54. QQ Security Center
- QQ Music 55. QQ Launcher
- QQ Newsfeed 56. U Video
- Bigo Live 57. V fly Status Video
- SelfieCity 58. Mobile Legends
- Mail Master 59. DU Privacy
- Parallel Space
Government Bans 59 mobile apps which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.
The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking it’s power under section 69A of the
Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.
Over the last few years, India has emerged as a leading innovator when it comes to
technological advancements and a primary market in the digital space.
At the same time, there have been raging concerns on aspects relating to data security
and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians. It has been noted recently that such concerns also pose a threat to sovereignty and security of our country. The Ministry of Information Technology 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 unauthorized 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 Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent
an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps. This Ministry has also received many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of certain apps. The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon
public order issues. Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against Apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.
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. These apps are listed in the attached appendix.
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.
After the press release, Indian Government stated “Modi Govt shows its tremendous resolve and dexterity of engaging China on multiple fronts and hitting China where it hurts the most. This is India’s first salvo to China after the border clashes, showing that India has a diverse range of retaliatory options.”