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TikTok, Helo, UC Browser, WeChat among 59 Chinese Apps banned in India

New Delhi (VOM News) : Citing privacy concerns, the government on Monday decided to ban at least 59 Chinese mobile apps. The list includes popular social media applications like TikTok. The government has called for banning of SHAREit, US Browser, Helo, Mi COmmunity, Baidu map, Club Factory, WeChat, UC News, Weibo, and others. The Centre has decided to disallow the usage of these apps both in mobile and non-mobile internet-enabled devices.

"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," the press release said.

Over the last few years, India has emerged as a leading innvator when it comes to technological advancements and a primary market in the digital space. At the same time, there have been concerns relating to data security and safe-guarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians, the Union ministry of electronics & IT said in a press release today.

The ministry of information and technology has received "many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of certain apps," according to the press release. "The Computer Emergency Response Team has also received many representations from citizens regarding security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues," the press release read.

This decision came amid the India-China clash at the borders. Tensions on the Indo-China border have spiked after 20 troops, including an Indian commanding officer, were killed in the face-off in Galwan valley.

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