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Centre blocks over 200 apps with Chinese links

Feb 05, 2023, 12:47 pm

The government of India has banned around 230 Chinese apps, including 138 betting apps and 94 loan lending apps, on "urgent" and "emergency" basis. This is considered as a digital strike 2.0 on China.

The action was reportedly initiated by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on the recommendation of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

In the last few years, the government had ordered to ban many 250 Chinese apps citing them to be “prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of the state and public order".

Apps including TikTok, Xender, PUBG Mobile Shein, Camscanner, Garena Free Fire, among others were banned in India as they purportedly gathered sensitive user data and requested important permissions.

It was reported that servers in the hostile nation are receiving and using the acquired data improperly.

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