India bans TikTok, WeChat, other Chinese apps over 'security' concerns

  • India bans TikTok, WeChat, other Chinese apps over 'security' concerns

India bans TikTok, WeChat, other Chinese apps over 'security' concerns

While India did not point directly at China in the ministry's comments on the ban, the overwhelming majority of the outlawed applications are of Chinese origin.

"The decision to ban these apps This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users". The Government of India was also said to have taken cognizance of the issue and was in the process of examining the risks involved with using these apps on a per app basis. According to the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MEITY), the apps on this list have been selected because they pose an immediate threat to the national security of India.

The announcement - described as "emergency measures" necessary for national security - comes amid a standoff between troops along a disputed Himalayan border, where 20 Indian soldiers were killed in violent clashes with the Chinese side on June 15.

The Ministry of Information Technology has made a decision to block 59 apps, including popular video-sharing app TikTok, "in view of information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order". One developer even created an app purely to remove Chinese apps from mobile phones. Thus, general speculation is that apps like these contain spyware are may be used for tracking and stealing sensitive information from users, and also be used for downplaying them in critical situations.

Jayanth Kolla, an analyst at research firm Convergence Catalyst, told TechCrunch the move was surprising and will have huge impact on Chinese firms, many of which count India as their biggest market.

The India-China tension has taken a new turn as the government has released an order to announce a ban on popular apps including TikTok, Clash of Kings, Helo, Shareit, Shien and many more.

The Indian soldiers were killed in a brawl along the disputed border in northern Ladakh region on June 15 in the deadliest faceoff for nearly half a century between the two countries.

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

It added that the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has received feedback from citizens about the security of data and breach of privacy in these apps.