Indian government digital strike: 348 mobile apps banned, some made in China

The Indian government has blocked over 300 mobile apps. According to the PTI report, the Indian government has identified 348 mobile apps manufactured in different countries around the world, including China, for allegedly collecting user information to profile citizens and sending them overseas in an unsafe manner. . allowed and blocked. This information was given by the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Rajiv Chandrashekhar in the Lok Sabha in response to a question from Rodmal Nagar of the BJP.

The data has been transported out of the country
“These 348 mobile apps collected user information and accessed it on servers outside the country for unauthorized profiling,” Chandrashekhar said.

He said: “At the request of the MHA, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has blocked these 348 mobile apps as such data transmission violates the sovereignty and integrity of India , Indian Defense and State Security.

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Some applications made in China
When asked if all these apps were developed by China, Chandrashekhar replied, “These apps are developed by different countries, including China.”

BGMI was removed from the Play Store just a few days ago
The government’s decision comes days after South Korean gaming giant Crafton pulled a popular battle royale game, Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), from the Play Store. Google said it had received a government injunction in this regard and thus blocked access to the application.

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In September 2020, Krafton’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) was blocked along with 117 other China-related apps, citing data security concerns.

Earlier this year, it was also reported that the Battle Royale game Free Fire along with 53 other China-related apps was banned under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act on February 14, citing security concerns.

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Casey J. Nelson