MHA recommends banning 54 Chinese apps citing security concerns

This will be the second major action against Chinese apps.

This will be the second major action against Chinese apps.

The Center on Monday banned more than 50 new Chinese mobile apps, including Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade, Tencent Xriver, Nice Video baidu and Viva Video Editor, over privacy and national security concerns.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology issued interim instructions to block 54 apps, sources said, adding that these apps allegedly collected sensitive user data, which was misused and transmitted to servers located outside India. The source also cited threat to national security and sovereignty as the reason for banning the app.

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The list of banned mobile apps includes Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD, Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera, Garena Free Fire – Illuminate, Astracraft, FancyU pro, MoonChat, Barcode Scanner – QR Code Scan and Lica Cam.

Last year, the government banned more than 200 Chinese mobile apps, including popular apps such as TikTok, Shareit, Mi Video Call, Club Factory and Cam Scanner, citing a threat to national security and sovereignty. The announcement had come amid border tensions between India and China in Ladakh.

In June 2021, the government banned 59 Chinese apps, including popular short-video sharing platform TikTok, UC Browser, WeChat and Bigo Live, saying they undermine the sovereignty, integrity and security of the country.

Both moves came against the backdrop of India’s continued standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh with China.

The standoff has been going on since April 2020.

India shares a 3,400 km long LAC with China, from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh.

(With PTI entries)

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