Government of India Bans 59 Chinese Apps: TikTok, Shareit, Cam Scanner, and more

The Government of India today officially announced the ban of 59 Chinese apps which includes several popular apps TikTok, CamScanner, UC Browser, Shareit, Mi Community, WeChat to name a few. According to the Ministry of Electronics & IT, the decision was taken upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such Apps pose a threat to sovereignty and integrity of India.

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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 that have locations outside India. Now onwards, all the users in Indian will not be able to access any of these below-mentioned apps through a mobile, tablet, or any other means such as a Website, etc. These apps will be removed from the Google Play Store and Apple Store in a few hours.

TikTokDU Recorder
HeloVault- Hide
LikeeCache Cleaner DU App studio
YouCam makeupDU Cleaner
Mi CommunityDU Browser
CM BrowserHago Play With New Friends
Virus CleanerCam Scanner
APUS BrowserClean Master – Cheetah Mobile
ROMWEWonder Camera
Club FactoryPhoto Wonder
NewsdogQQ Player
Beutry PlusWe Meet
WeChatSweet Selfie
UC NewsBaidu Translate
QQ MailVmate
WeiboQQ International
XenderQQ Security Center
QQ MusicQQ Launcher
QQ NewsfeedU Video
Bigo LiveV fly Status Video
SelfieCityMobile Legends
Mail MasterDU Privacy
Parallel Space

Note: Make sure you back up all the important data such as Photos, Message history, Purchase information such as Invoice, etc. from any of these apps especially apps such as CamScanner, MailMaster, WeChat, and Du Recorder. You’ll not be able to use these apps even if you downloaded them on your device unless you use a VPN service.

The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps. This Ministry has also received many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding the security of data and risk to privacy relating to the operation of certain apps. The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding the security of data and breach of privacy impacting public order issues. Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against Apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.

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