Last month after banning 59 well Known Chinese apps including short video app TikTok, India has now come up with a list of 275 Chinese apps that it will be evaluating on the parameter of infringement of national security and breach of privacy, indicating the India strict instance towards its tight probe. It would not be a surprise if in the future Chinese internet companies get blocked in the country.
The list contains popular gaming app PUBG which is supported by Tencent(China’s most valuable internet major), e-commerce behemoth Alibaba app AliExpress with apps like Resso and ULike.
“Some of these apps have been red-flagged due to security reasons while others have been listed for violation of data sharing and privacy concerns,” an official said to ET.
This all is happening due to the claim that the information from these apps went to China which is a danger for the sovereignty and integrity of India said an official. He also pointed out the fact that China has a law because of which all Chinese-origin companies have to share the data with their native country no matter what the operating country is.
Other apps included in this list being inspected are 14 Mi apps by Xiaomi along with the less popular apps like Capcut and FaceU. Chinese internet and tech majors owned apps like Perfect Corp, Sina Corp, Netease Games, Yoozoo Global, Meitu, LBE Tech are also existing in the list. Helsinki-based Supercell which has an investment by Chinese technology companies is also present in the list.
A senior government official speaking about the plan of action said, “A set of rules or defined procedures may take time but is the correct process to go about it in the future,”
Talking about the ban of the app’s official from the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) said the Indian government will follow the legal procedures before taking any action He added, “There is a process involved, there is a committee in place for such ban orders. If there is such an order, then MeitY will act,”