Govt bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok as border tensions increase in Ladakh


As strains along the border continue, the Government of India has chosen to boycott Chinese apps which tend to redirect information and those with privacy issues. 



Government has reported a prohibition on 59 such Chinese applications, including Tik Tok. Government has chosen to refuse the use of these applications both in portable and non-versatile Internet-enabled gadgets.

A government press release announcing the ban stated: "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".



The press release further stated that the Ministry of Information Technology has 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," the press release mentioned.
It further says that the move to ban these Chinese apps 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, it stated.

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