Indian Government banned more than 100 mobile applications including the most popular mobile game PUBG which is officially owned by Tencent Games. After banning 59 Chinese apps in the first round earlier this year.
118 apps have been banned by the ministry of information and technology of India, according to an official statement. The banned mobile applications are prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity, defence of India and public order, the ministry said. The move comes in the backdrop of tension between India and China in eastern Ladakh.
The ministry of electronics and information technology of India received several complaints from various sources including reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms. The complaints alleged stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which possibly had locations outside India.
“The collection of these data, its mining and profiling by elements confrontational to national security and defence of India, which eventually impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and on-the-spot concern which requires emergency measures,” the statement said.
The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, under the Ministry of Home Affairs also sent a recommendation for blocking these contentious applications. In the public domain too, there has been a strong request to take strict action against mobile applications that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of citizens.
In June 2020, the Indian Government had banned 59, mostly Chinese, mobile applications such as TikTok, UC Browser and WeChat, citing concerns that these are ‘prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order’.