India Govt to ban more Chinese apps posing threat to security
India Govt to ban more Chinese apps posing threat to security

New Delhi: Indian government would prohibit 54 additional Chinese apps that pose a security risk to the country.

India had already banned 59 Chinese mobile applications, including popular social media platforms such as TikTok, WeChat, and Helo, in June of last year, citing a threat to the country's sovereignty and security.

New ban of application include Beauty Camera, Sweet Selfie HD, Beauty Camera - Selfie Camera, Equalizer & Bass Booster, CamCard for SalesForce Ent, Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite, Viva Video Editor, Tencent Xriver, Onmyoji Chess, Onmyoji Arena, AppLock, Dual Space Lite, and Tencent Xriver are among the 54 Chinese apps.

Intelligence agencies had warned the majority of the apps banned in the June 29 order because they were suspected of gathering user data and perhaps sending it "outside."  During violent clashes in Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh amid border tensions with China, 20 Indian soldiers and an unspecified number of Chinese soldiers were killed.

In September, the Indian government added 118 Chinese mobile apps to its list of restricted apps, alleging that they are "prejudicial to India's sovereignty and integrity, defence, security, and public order." China, on the other hand, has criticised India's decision to keep the ban on Chinese mobile apps in place, saying that it violates the WTO's non-discriminatory rules.

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