The country’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that it had received complaints about apps “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India. ” The ministry’s announcement doesn’t mention China specifically.
It broadly states that the action will “safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. ” News reports suggest the bans may be more related to escalating tensions between India and China over an ongoing border dispute.
India has now blocked a number of hugely popular apps, cutting them off from one of the largest markets of mobile phone users.
India banned TikTok, WeChat, and more than 50 other China-based apps in June, suggesting they were a security issue.