TikTok and other 58 apps ban by Government of India

The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking it’s power 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) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order. 

Over the last few years, India has emerged as a leading innovator when it comes to technological advancements and a primary market in the digital space.

At the same time, there have been raging concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians. It has been noted recently that such concerns also pose a threat to sovereignty and security of our country. The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about 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 defence 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. 

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 security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of certain apps. The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon 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. 

On the basis of these and upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such Apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the Government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices. These apps are listed in the attached appendix. 

This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.

Appendix

1.         TikTok

2.         Shareit

3.         Kwai

4.         UC Browser

5.         Baidu map 

6.         Shein 

7.         Clash of Kings 

8.         DU battery saver 

9.         Helo 

10.       Likee

11.       YouCam makeup 

12.       Mi Community 

13.       CM Browers 

14.       Virus Cleaner 

15.       APUS Browser 

16.       ROMWE 

17.       Club Factory 

18.       Newsdog 

19.       Beutry Plus 

20.       WeChat 

21.       UC News 

22.       QQ Mail 

23.       Weibo 

24.       Xender 

25.       QQ Music 

26.       QQ Newsfeed 

27.       Bigo Live 

28.       SelfieCity 

29.       Mail Master 

30.       Parallel Space 31.       Mi Video Call – Xiaomi 

32.       WeSync 

33.       ES File Explorer 

34.       Viva Video – QU Video Inc 

35.       Meitu 

36.       Vigo Video 

37.       New Video Status 

38.       DU Recorder 

39.       Vault- Hide 

40.       Cache Cleaner DU App studio 

41.       DU Cleaner 

42.       DU Browser 

43.       Hago Play With New Friends 

44.       Cam Scanner 

45.       Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile 

46.       Wonder Camera 

47.       Photo Wonder 

48.       QQ Player 

49.       We Meet 

50.       Sweet Selfie 

51.       Baidu Translate 

52.       Vmate 

53.       QQ International 

54.       QQ Security Center 

55.       QQ Launcher 

56.       U Video 

57.       V fly Status Video 

58.       Mobile Legends 

59.       DU Privacy

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