Bengaluru, NFAPost: Showing its tremendous resolve to hurt China, Narendra Modi government fired its first salvo to China after Galwan valley faceoff by imposing a ban on 59 Chinese apps including Tik Tok.

“Modi Government shows its tremendous resolve and dexterity of engaging China on multiple fronts and hitting China where it hurts the most. This is India’s first salvo to China after the border clashes, showing that India has a diverse range of retaliatory options,” Amit Shah led Home Ministry said in a statement.

This major decision comes in the wake of ongoing India-China standoff at the Line of Actual Control and several reports about misuse of Chinese apps for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers having locations outside India.

“The Information Technology Ministry 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 surrep-titiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India,” it said.

List of Chinese apps on Android, iPhone: TikTok, ShareIt and more ...

The ban on TikTok is very significant because it was just caught spying on iPhone users, which also Tik Tok admitted to these claims and had assured of not doing it again.

These measures have been undertaken since there is credible information that these apps are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order, the ministry added.

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 move, the ministry said, will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile users.

“This is a targeted move to ensure safety & sovereignty of Indian cyber-space,” it added.

Wide support for this move is expected as numerous opposition leaders as well as crores of people had also called for action against these apps, the ministry said.

Experts suggest this is a major blow to China’s Digital Silk Route ambi-tions, eroding millions of dollars from valuation of its companies. This could also lead to more countries following India’s path in acting against these apps.

Here are the list of apps:

  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
  31. WeSync
  32. ES File Explorer
  33. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  34. Meitu
  35. Vigo Video
  36. New Video Status
  37. DU Recorder
  38. Vault- Hide
  39. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  40. DU Cleaner
  41. DU Browser
  42. Hago Play With New Friends
  43. Cam Scanner
  44. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  45. Wonder Camera
  46. Photo Wonder
  47. QQ Player
  48. We Meet
  49. Sweet Selfie
  50. Baidu Translate
  51. Vmate
  52. QQ International
  53. QQ Security Center
  54. QQ Launcher
  55. U Video
  56. V fly Status Video
  57. Mobile Legends
  58. DU Privacy
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