Government of India has banned another set of Chinese owned smartphone apps, believed to be a threat to the national security of India. The newest ban, included 43 new apps, adding to those already banned within the previous months. The apps included within the latest app ban include AliSuppliers Mobile App, Alibaba Workbench, AliExpress - Smarter Shopping, Better Living, Alipay Cashier, CamCard - card Reader, CamCard - BCR (Western), DingTalk and more. this suggests that now a complete of 267 Chinese owned apps are banned in India, and therefore the complete list includes popular apps like TikTok, PUBG Mobile, Shareit, UC Browser, WeChat and CamScanner, to call a couple of .
The Ministry of Electronics and knowledge Technology (MEITY) of the govt of India has issued an order under section 69A of the knowledge Technology Act, with action taken supported the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order—the government says within the order. The reaction from the industry, which has been pushing made in India apps, is supportive of the newest ban on Chinese apps.
Data security and therefore the data that's being collected by apps in your phone, remains a priority . “With the ban of additional 43 apps, the govt has once more proved that the safety and hygiene within the Indian smartphone and app ecosystem must be maintained. the most important security concern is that tons of apps on your smart phones collect massive amounts of knowledge which has nothing to try to to with the service it provides. It takes several security-sensitive and intrusive permissions which the user doesn't understand but finishes up agreeing to,” says Aditya Narang, Co-founder & MD, SafeHouse Technologies. they supply enterprise-grade security solutions for mobile phones.
Some within the industry see this as an honest opportunity for localized apps and solution to seamlessly squeeze the space vacated by the banned Chinese owned apps. “It is an opportune time for Indian tech and IT community, to figure towards making India's IT framework more resilient. This support to homegrown apps will help us in going global. this is often also great for the Atmanirbhar Bharat mission of Govt of India. We welcome all such decisions that successively enhance the safety of our country and its denizens,” says Dr. Ajay Data, Founder and CEO, VideoMeet Pvt Ltd. they're the developers of Videomeet, a video meeting and video conferencing solution that has been developed in India.
“India's sovereignty and security should and can always be the primary priority, so we completely support Govt move to ban 43 Chinese apps, Indian start-ups and app developers have already proven their mettle in replacing and filling up the space created by Chinese app ban. this may further encourage and boost Made in India apps, which are sure to create value in Indian markets then dominate globally,” says Pulkit Sharma, co-founder and CEO, Khabri. this is often a digital audio platform providing news and content in regional languages and is currently available for Android phones.
One of the apps included within the latest list of apps banned is Snack Video. Bolo Indya, a made in India short video app on an equivalent format as TikTok and Snack Video, is prepared to require up the space that's being left vacant. “This is yet one more welcome move from the govt to face against Chinese apps that always have had serious privacy issues. We happily extend our support to all or any the language users and creators of Snack video especially who are residing in tier 3/4 cities to return and join Bolo Indya,” says Varun Saxena, Founder and CEO, Bolo Indya. The developers say that Bolo Indya users consume this type video content, on a mean , for half-hour each day . The app has 68 lakh users, most coming from the smaller towns in India and there are 28 lakh creators on the platform putting videos in as many as 14 Indian languages.
In the previous three sets of app bans for Chinese owned apps, we had apps including APUS Launcher Pro- Theme, Live Wallpapers, Ludo World-Ludo Superstar, Chess Rush, PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik, PUBG MOBILE LITE, Baidu, Baidu Express Edition, FaceU - Inspire your Beauty, GO SMS Pro – Messenger, Alipay and AlipayHK in India, as a part of a gaggle of 118 apps. Similar app bans were also announced on July 27 and Saints Peter and Paul , including apps like Helo, Mi Community, YouCam makeup, Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile and QQ Security Center.
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