The government has decided to ban another 47 apps that were operating as the clones of the 59 Chinese apps banned last month. According to media reports, these apps were violating India’s data protocol and were compromising the data safety of users.
The Ministry of Electronics and IT’s new ban is aimed at those apps that were facilitating access to previously banned services such as TikTok and Cam Scanner. The government has now drawn up a list of another 275 Chinese apps, to be examined for possible violations of national security and user privacy.
The list includes popular gaming app PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), backed by Chinese internet company Tencent, short video sharing application Zili, which is owned by phone-maker Xiaomi, AliExpress by ecommerce giant Alibaba, as well as apps like Resso and ULike from TikTok-owner ByteDance.