New Delhi: The Government of India today banned another 118 Chinese mobile apps in the country. As per reports, the Ministry of Information & Technology banned 118 Chinese apps including PUBG. The government said that the move was in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, defense, and security of India.
The ministry said it had 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. The compilation of these data, it’s 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 that requires emergency measures.
The statement referred to bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives in parliament and outside. It said there had 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”.
So far, the Government of India banned 224 Chinese apps in the country.