The popular apps TikTok, SHAREit, UC Browser, WeChat, and many other Chinese apps have banned in India. The notice came from the Government official on June 29 about the ban of a total of 59 apps. These apps have banned in the country to protect the privacy of the users, and as per the Indian authority, these apps were sharing user’s data with their Chinese servers. Indian official says, these companies are sharing data with the Chinese government, so to secure the user’s personal information, these are banned in India.
After the move, TikTok which is one of the most popular apps with over 190 million active users, has turned down the app. Bytedance has removed TikTok from the Play Store & App Store. When we reach the app, then the app is also not working and giving the ‘Network Error’ sign on the main page. TikTok CEO said, the government official has invited all the company representatives for clarification from their end. Beside TikTok, all the other 58 banned apps are still available in the Play Store & App Store, which we think will change in the coming days.
The official statement says, “ The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India. The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defense 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.”