Indian Government has marked a list of more 275 Chinese apps that it will examine for any violation of national security and user privacy signaling privacy, scrutiny and possible more Chinese internet companies being banned in the country as per CNN News 18 report
These list follows the high- profile ban of 59 Chinese apps in the last month Juny including short video app like TikTok as on going geopolitical tensions between India-Chine dispute border clash at Ladakh.
The list includes gaming app PUBG backed by China’s most valuable internet major Tencent, Zili by Xiaomi smartphone company, Ali Express by ecommerce giant Alibaba as well as other apps Resso and ULike from TiKTok-owner ByteDance.
A spokeperson for the Union home minitry did not respond to queries from ET on the developments, Offcials said reviews aimed at identifyibg more Chinese apps. Some of these apps have been red-flagged due to security reasons while have been listed for violation of data sharing and privacy concerns said officials explained.
What are these Allegations mentioned fulfill the ban on 275 Chinese Apps?
- Collects Data on Phone Hardware & Tweaks.
- Collects Data from others apps you have installed.
- Runs Local Proxy Server for Transcoding any media
- Leaks user’s email addresses in HTTP Rest API
- Changes Algorithm so that you can’t debug the app.
- Hackers can easily manipulate content via Malicious links.
Chinese internet companies are estimated to have about 300 millions unique users in India indicating that nearly two-thirds of smartphones users in the country.
These Popular Apps Under Threat?
- Ali Express
- Ludo World
- 14 Mi Apps
These Chinese apps being now 14 Mi apps by Xiaomi as well as lesser knows found in the MIUI 12 OS and others Apps from other Chinese internet and tech major like Meitu, LBE Tech, Perfect Corp, Sina Corp, Netease Games, PUGB Mobile, Call of Duty: Moble and Helinki-based Supercell that have investments’ by Chinese technology companies.
Govt Drafting Core for Apps
Government will released with the drafting code for banning apps companies which could help in the parameters falling which apps could be banned in future even as the authorities consider blocking more such over the top players which can identified to be national security and concerns.