UPDATE (July 27th, 2020):
As per a brand new TechCrunch report, the Indian authorities has issued a listing of 47 new Chinese apps that can get banned as properly. These new apps are mentioned to be these which had been offering a approach to entry beforehand banned apps. Some of those embrace CamScanner Advance, Helo Lite, and ShareIt Lite. The full checklist is but to be introduced publically however as and when it will likely be launched, we’ll publish it right here.
Original (June 30th, 2020)
The Indian authorities has introduced an interim ban on 59 Chinese apps on safety grounds. The checklist consists of a few of the vastly well-liked apps like TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser, Vigo Video, Kwai, Helo, and Likee. The official press launch describes these apps as a risk to the sovereignty and safety of India.
The launch mentions that the apps have been banned in “view of the information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.” It provides that involved authorities acquired lots of complaints from totally different sources associated to the stealing of information by way of such apps after which sharing the identical on servers located exterior India.
The solely factor widespread amongst all these banned 59 apps is that they’re of Chinese origin. Other than this, these apps are unfold throughout totally different classes together with social media, buying, utility, and pictures. These apps have been prohibited from working on each cellular and non-mobile Internet-enabled gadgets.
As for the execution of the ban, it’s believed that every one these apps will get faraway from Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store for the Indian market. The authorities is additional anticipated to get in contact with web service suppliers (ISPs) to dam these apps from operating on an Indian IP. This transfer will forestall the utilization of the app by way of handbook APK set up.