The Indian Government banned 59 Chinese apps including major apps like TikTok, Wechat, and UC Browser. The strong action came after a two-week-long standoff at Galwan Valley. Although the Government cited multiple reasons including Privacy and National Security issue over these apps. The majority of these apps have been under observation by security agencies for spying as well as sending user data to China.
There is also a heavy outrage among citizens after the killing of 20 Indian soldiers. Social media is full of anti-china sentiments and the Government saw it as the right moment to show its audacity. The ban on TikTok is justified because it has just been caught spying on iPhone users in India as well as Globally, courtesy the new iOS 14 beta update. It used common clipboard data in iOS to steal data. TikTok has since then admitted to these claims and said it won’t do it again.
The reasons for the ban on the apps include safety and privacy concerns over personal data sharing. The apps included elements which comprise the national security and sovereignty.
Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN), Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of home affairs, and Public representatives had demanded to take strict action against these apps.
Before this ban, there have been several advisories to limit the usage of these apps. But this is the first time that a serious exhaustive ban has been imposed. The respective app stores will take time to remove the apps. Also, the apps won’t work even if it previously downloaded.
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