Youths are seen playing PUBG game on their mobile phones in Srinagar, Kashmir. “The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside of India,” the Indian ministry said in a statement. “There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.
On Wednesday, India’s IT Ministry ordered to ban 118 apps that it said were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order. ” The move will help “safeguard the interests of crores (tens of millions) of Indian mobile and internet users.
Among the new apps that have been banned today include search engine Baidu, business collaboration suite WeChat Work, cloud storage service Tencent Weiyun, Rise of Kingdoms game, utility service APUS Launcher, a VPN for TikTok, e-commerce service Mobile Taobao, video hosting service Youko, news outlet Sina News, card reader service CamCard, as well as a miniature version of PUBG. (You can see the full list here.
India has banned more than 100 additional apps with linkage to China, including popular mobile game PUBG https://t.co/n8M2kLroAw— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) September 5, 2020