The ministry of information technology, on Monday (June 29), announced that it has banned 59 Chinese mobile apps in India, including TikTok, UC Browser, ShareIT, ES FileExplorer, Clash Of Kings, Helo, Likee, CamScanner, Shein among others on the grounds of threat to sovereignty and security of the country.
The official statement from the ministry of IT and electronics said that the government had to look into the apps after many complaints in the public domain to take action against apps which are allegedly making it easier for data from Indian users. The order covers apps on both iOS devices by Apple and Android devices as well as any non-mobile counterparts.
The apps are said to be siphoning off data of Indian users in an organised manner and transferring data to servers outside the country. Further, it stated that to put an end to such data theft, the government has taken immediate action to ban these malicious apps. To read more, click here.