Government of India on Monday issued a Public notice banning the Chinese apps including popular apps like TikTok, Shareit and 57 other apps
Where it all started?
There were disputes between India and China along the borders ever since 1962, where they fought a war in the Himalayas and ended up with a formation of a boundary called Line of Actual Control (LAC).
LAC is the border that separates the Indian Territory from the Chinese Territory.
There were many allegations since then along the LAC also in 2013 and 2017. In 2020, the tensions along the borders were escalating since April when the Chinese sent thousands of its army and armed vehicles along the Line of Actual Control. This led to a small dispute in mid-July were 20 of Indian Soldiers were Martyred and many injured, there were no confirmations made by China about the losses in their army.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi announced that India would not tolerate these kinds of activities further and will take appropriate action against china which will worth the lives of the soldiers.
Boycotting Chinese Products
After the Brave Indian Soldiers were martyred, The Anti-China protests erupted in India where people made a call to boycott Chinese products and imposing a ban on import of Chinese products in India but it seemed impossible as the Chinese companies captured the entire Indian market by providing all means of goods for affordable prices. China is India’s second-largest trade-partner but India is one of the smallest trading partners for China.
So we can boycott Chinese not immediately but eventually.
Why Boycotting Applications?
There have been raising concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy and security of 130 crore Indians. It has been noted recently that such concerns also pose a great threat to the sovereignty and security of our country. The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers that have been located outside India.
The Ministry of Information Technology, under section 69A of the Information Technology Act, read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) has decided to block 59 apps including popular apps like TikTok, Shareit, Viva video, CamScanner, UC browser.
List of apps Banned in India
- Share it
- UC Browser
- Baidu map
- Clash of Kings
- DU battery saver
- YouCam makeup
- Mi Community
- CM Browers
- Virus Cleaner
- APUS Browser
- Club Factory
- News dog
- Beauty Plus
- UC News
- QQ Mail
- QQ Music
- QQ Newsfeed
- Bigo Live
- Mail Master
- Parallel Space
- Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
- ES File Explorer
- Viva Video – QU Video Inc
- Vigo Video
- New Video Status
- DU Recorder
- Cache Cleaner DU App studio
- DU Cleaner
- DU Browser
- Hago Play With New Friends
- Cam Scanner
- Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
- Wonder Camera
- Photo Wonder
- QQ Player
- We Meet
- Sweet Selfie
- Baidu Translate
- QQ International
- QQ Security Center
- QQ Launcher
- U Video
- V fly Status Video
- Mobile Legends
- DU Privacy
These were the Official statements from Press Information Bureau(PIB).
TikTok with 200 million active users in India, TikTok counts Asia’s third-largest economy as its biggest overseas market.
This was not for the first time TikTok has been banned.
On April 1st,2018 an advocate and a social activist Muthu Kumar filed a plea in Madras High Court for its pornographic content.
Check out the archives here.
Recently, Apple had found that the TikTok used to access the data stored on the clipboard in its iOS 14.
Can you imagine what data would it have access to? passwords, OTP, card numbers, and many more!
Later there were many questions posed on the privacy and security of the user’s data as the data was stored outside India and Chinese Govt can access the data without any prior information to the user.
Not only Tiktok but all other companies who have their databases outside India can access the information on the users.
There were many claims of malware and data leaks from the apps like Camscanner and UC browser.
On Aug 2019 Camscanner was removed from play store for the Trojan-Dropper Malware scare.
Read Complete article here
In Aug 2017 UC browser was about to be banned for leaking all the data of the Indian Users to China. Read more here.
Why only Chinese apps?
When we have a look at 2017, China introduced its National Intelligence Law in which Article Seven stipulates that “any organization or citizen shall support, assist, and cooperate with state intelligence work according to law.”
If we have a clear view of this, The user data stored in Chinese companies may be accessed by the Chinese government for any security reasons.
So not only in India the Chinese app Tiktok also doesn’t comply with the data protection probes of different countries and hence banned in many other countries.
Why are Facebook and many of the Google services banned in China?
The “Great Firewall” is the reason behind it. Now you may think what does the “Great Firewall” act do? if we describe it easily.
The Great Firewall of china brings a massive and strict Censorship of the content they see over the Internet, China can control such huge content through the largest system of censorship in the world, known as the Great Firewall. This disallows internet users in China to not post socially and politically sensitive content.
In 2009, the Chinese government demanded that Google self-censor results and remove links to certain overseas websites but Google refused to do so. Then, when an alleged state-sponsored attack on Google servers attempted to hack the accounts of some of the Chinese, Google decided to end its mainland China operations entirely shutdown google.cn in 2010 and started redirecting its queries to Google.com.hk which was the nearest server.
China now blocks all Google services.
The apps ban may seem to be temporary as they would clear all the allegations posted and starting their servers and data centres in India but we have to remember that even if they have data centres in India the companies will have full access to the user’s data and all the revenue will still be directed to Chinese companies.
So, we all have to boycott Chinese products and bring similar rules and laws applicable in China and make it harder for the companies to have their market share in India.
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