After imposing a ban on 59 Chinese apps, the government is evaluating another 275 apps for violation of national security and citizens’ privacy. The latest list reportedly includes Tencent-backed gaming app PUBG, AliExpress, ByteDance’s Resso and ULike, another gaming app Ludo World and Xiaomi’s Zili, media reports suggested.
Other apps from Meitu, LBE Tech, Perfect Corp, Sina Corp, Netease Games, Yoozoo Global, among others are also under the scanner, according to a News18 report.
The apps being reviewed are accused of sharing data with Chinese agencies, a source told News18.
A spokesperson for the union home ministry had not yet responded when contacted by The Economic Times. Tencent, Kuaishou, Xiaomi, Bytedance, and Alibaba had also not yet responded to queries.
An official from the Ministry of Electronics and Information technology (MeitY) said the Centre will follow due process before imposing such a ban.
“There is a process involved, there is a committee in place for such ban orders. If there is such an order, then MeitY will act,” the official said.
India on June 29 banned 59 Chinese apps, including ByteDance’s TikTok, citing threats to national security.The government’s move came after a clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers at Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, which further increased border tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).