IndianEra > Government > India Bans 59 Mobile Apps Over ‘Espionage’, Includes Chinese!

Three days ahead of the upcoming bilateral talks on border standoff, the Government of India took some serious measures against Chinese products.

In a decision on June 29, 2020, the government announced the blocking of around 59 Chinese apps.

The list includes popular names: TikTok, Club Factory, Shareit, UC Browser, Mi Community, CamScanner, among others.

The announcement reads that these apps were “engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, and security of the state and public order”.

The Ministry of IT has taken this decision in response to many complaints they have received on these apps over the period.

According to the Ministry, these apps have breached regulations by stealing user data and have reportedly transmitted them to servers outside India.

Even the Indian Cybercrime Coordination Center also recommended blocking these apps.

“The 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,” the government said in a statement.

As the sources say, the decision is going to create millions of dollars of revenue loss.

However, the decision isn’t a surprise for those tracking the news around possible regulations against Chinese apps.

“This is India’s first salvo to China after the border clashes, showing that India has a diverse range of retaliatory options,” said an official source.

The move will gradually impact the valuation of several other Chinese companies, say the sources.

Now, these apps are not visible in Google Play Store and any other app stores, anymore.

Here’s the full list of Chinese apps:

  1. TikTok
  2. Shareit
  3. Kwai
  4. UC Browser
  5. Baidu map
  6. Shein
  7. Clash of Kings
  8. DU battery saver
  9. Helo
  10. Likee
  11. YouCam makeup
  12. Mi Community
  13. CM Browsers
  14. Virus Cleaner
  15. APUS Browser
  16. ROMWE
  17. Club Factory
  18. Newsdog
  19. Beauty Plus
  20. WeChat
  21. UC News
  22. QQ Mail
  23. Weibo
  24. Xender
  25. QQ Music
  26. QQ Newsfeed
  27. Bigo Live
  28. SelfieCity
  29. Mail Master
  30. Parallel Space
  31. Mi Video – Xiaomi
  32. WeSync
  33. ES File Explorer
  34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  35. Meitu
  36. Vigo Video
  37. New Video Status
  38. DU Recorder
  39. Vault- Hide
  40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  41. DU Cleaner
  42. DU Browser
  43. Hago Play With New Friends
  44. Cam Scanner
  45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  46. Wonder Camera
  47. Photo Wonder
  48. QQ Player
  49. We Meet
  50. Sweet Selfie
  51. Baidu Translate
  52. Vmate
  53. QQ International
  54. QQ Security Center
  55. QQ Launcher
  56. U Video
  57. V fly Status Video
  58. Mobile Legends
  59. DU Privacy

What the Cybercrime Dept. Said?

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The Indian Cybercrime Department detected data transmission to Chinese servers from the blocked apps, whose entities were indirectly present in locations like the US, Singapore, and other nations.

As per the investigation, camera, microphone and networks of these apps were configured to avoid verification from the Indian authorities.

“With access to people’s cameras and PCs, these apps heightened the risk of espionage as they could access other devices and servers that may be linked,” the department said.

Though there were allegations about these apps spreading hate and illicit content, authorities have blocked them on lines of espionage.

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Posted by IndianEra, 30/06/2020