Indian Government further bans 54 Chinese apps

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) of the Indian Government recently decided to further 54 apps which are either of Chinese origin or related to China in any way. This decision was taken owing to the National Security threat. This is not the first time that Chinese apps have been banned in India. Due to the same reasons, in the past too the Indian government has taken the necessary steps in removing a few Chinese apps from being downloaded by the Indian citizens. In order to protect the data, or to protect the people from harm, and even owing to the National security threat. Till date 267 Chinese apps have been banned.

The timeline of the apps being banned in India are:

  • The first list was declared on June 29th, 2020, which included 59 apps. 
  • The second list was declared in August 10th, 2020, which included 47 apps 
  • The third list was declared on September 1st, 2020, which included 118 apps. 
  • The fourth list was declared on November 19th, 2020 which included 43 apps. 
  • The recent fifth list was declared on February 14th, 2022 which included 54 apps to be banned.  

The reason given by the Government of India to ban the recent 54 apps was requested to be banned by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) due to security risks cited under the emergency provisions of Section 69(A) of the Information Technology Act, 2000. As per the Public Statement given, “these 54 apps allegedly obtain various critical permissions and collect sensitive user data. These collected real-time data are being misused and transmitted to servers located in hostile countries. This will enable them to compile huge personal data to mine, collate, analyse and profile by the elements who are hostile to the sovereignty and integrity of India and for activities detrimental to national security. In addition there are other serious concerns as some of these apps can carry out espionage and surveillance activities via camera/mic, accessing for location (GPS) and do malicious network activity similar to previously blocked apps.” 

Though time and again the Indian government has banned Chinese apps, the Chinese government has continued to rein in its technology industry and create new apps to be introduced in various countries. 

List of recent 54 apps banned by Indian government:

  1. AppLock
  2. APUS Security HD (Pad Version) 
  3. Astracraft 
  4. Badlanders
  5. Barcode Scanner – QR Code Scan 
  6. Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera
  7. Beauty Camera – Sweet Selfie HD
  8. CamCard for SalesForce Ent
  9. Conquer Online
  10. Conquer Online – MMORPG Game
  11. CuteU Pro
  12. CuteU: Match with the world
  13. Dual Space – 32Bit Support 
  14.  Dual Space – 64BitSupport
  15. Dual Space Lite – Multiple Accounts & Clone App
  16. Dual Space Pro – 32Bit Support
  17. Dual Space Pro – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
  18. Dual Space Lite – 32Bit Support
  19. Equalizer – Bass Booster & Volume EQ & Virtualizer 
  20. Equalizer & Bass Booster – Music Volume EQ
  21. Equalizer Pro – Volume Booster & Bass Booster
  22. EVE Echoes 
  23. Extraordinary Ones
  24. FancyU – Video Chat & Meetup
  25. FancyU pro – Instant Meetup through Video Chat
  26. FunChat Meet People Around You
  27. Garena Free Fire – Illuminate 
  28. Isoland 2: Ashes of time lite
  29. Lica Cam – selfie camera app
  30. Live Weather & Radar – alerts
  31. MoonChat: Enjoy video chats
  32. MP3 Cutter – ringtone maker & audio cutter
  33. Music player – equalizer & MP3
  34. Music player – MP3
  35. Music player – music, MP3 player
  36. Music plus – MP3 Player
  37. Nice video baidu 
  38. Notes – colour notepad , notebook 
  39. Onmyoji Arena
  40. Onmyoji Chess 
  41. Parallel space lite 32 support
  42. RealU lite – video to live
  43. RealU – Go live, make friends
  44. Rise of Kingdoms: lost crusade 
  45. SmallWorld – enjoy groupchat and video chat
  46. Stick fight – the game mobile
  47. Tencent Xriver
  48. Twilight pioneers 
  49. UU Game Booster – network solution for high ping
  50. Video player media all format
  51. Viva video editor – snack video maker with music 
  52. Voice recorder & voice changer
  53. Volume booster – loud speaker & sound booster
  54. Wink – connect now 

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