PUBG Mobile updates privacy policy, now claims data is stored locally in India


With unconfirmed reports claiming that the Indian government may ban 275 more apps after recently 47 apps, PUBG Mobile recently changed its privacy policy and claimed that data of Indian users will be stored locally in India. The popular battle royale game is reportedly under the radar of the government and this revised privacy policy is seen as a step to minimise problems with local IT laws.


"Our servers are located in India (in the case of users located in India only), Singapore, Hong Kong SAR and the United States. In addition, our support, engineering and other teams located in our offices around the world (including the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”) (for the purpose of this privacy policy, this term excludes Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR), India (in the case of users located in India only), the United States and Hong Kong SAR) will have access to your information,” as per the new privacy policy.


The government recently banned 47 more apps with links to China, most being clones or from the same parent company whose main applications were banned last month, a source said. The banned clones include TikTok Lite, Helo Lite, Shareit Lite and Bigo Live Lite, among others. A complete list of the banned applications has not been released yet.


Media reports claim that 275 other Chinese apps could also be on the chopping block over similar concerns, including the hugely popular PUBG Mobile game owned by tech giant Tencent.


The new privacy policy of PUBG Mobile also gives a detailed explanation on how the app users personal data and what kind of data is collected. As per the new terms, PUBG Mobile claims, “We do not share your information with any third parties, except where we need to in order to provide the Game Services (e.g., use local cloud providers or to back up your data; using our affiliates around the world to help us to deliver the Game Services) or monitor the success of our marketing and advertising programs, or we are instructed to by a court, authority or compelled by law.”

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