Government Bans 59 Chinese Mobile Apps, Including TikTok & UC Browser, Citing Security Concerns

by Anjali Ojha 3 years ago Views 3488

Amid rising India-China border tension, the government on Monday night announced a ban on 59 Chinese mobile applications, including popular apps like TikTok, and UC browser.

Apart from TikTok, the banned apps include Shareit, Mi Community, Kwai, Baidu map, WeChat, UC News, Weibo, Mi Video Call – Xiaomi, Cam Scanner and dozens of other apps.

An official statement said it was done in view of the "emergent nature of threats" and "in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order."

The concerns were relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians.

The statement added that it was noted "recently" that a threat was posed to the sovereignty and security of the country and the Information Technology Ministry has received many complaints about these mobile apps transmitting user data to servers located outside India. 

"The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures," the statement said. 

The statement added that the I&B ministry and The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) also received many representations raising concerns from citizens as well as from public representatives, including Members of Parliament.

The Ministry of Information Technology banned the apps under section 69A of the Information Technology Act, with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules, 2009. The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs, had also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these apps.

Following is the list of apps that have been banned: 

Banned apps:


1. TikTok

2. Shareit

3. Kwai

4. UC Browser

5. Baidu map 

6. Shein 

7. Clash of Kings 

8. DU battery saver 

9. Helo 

10. Likee

11. YouCam makeup 

12. Mi Community 

13. CM Browers 

14. Virus Cleaner 

15. APUS Browser 

16. ROMWE 

17. Club Factory 

18. Newsdog 

19. Beutry Plus 

20. WeChat 

21. UC News 

22. QQ Mail 

23. Weibo 

24. Xender 

25. QQ Music 

26. QQ Newsfeed 

27. Bigo Live 

28. SelfieCity 

29. Mail Master 

30. Parallel Space  31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi 

32. WeSync 

33. ES File Explorer 

34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc 

35. Meitu 

36. Vigo Video 

37. New Video Status 

38. DU Recorder 

39. Vault- Hide 

40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio 

41. DU Cleaner 

42. DU Browser 

43. Hago Play With New Friends 

44. Cam Scanner 

45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile 

46. Wonder Camera 

47. Photo Wonder 

48. QQ Player 

49. We Meet 

50. Sweet Selfie 

51. Baidu Translate 

52. Vmate 

53. QQ International 

54. QQ Security Center 

55. QQ Launcher 

56. U Video 

57. V fly Status Video 

58. Mobile Legends 

59. DU Privacy

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