Due To Security Concerns The Government Of India Now Bans 43 More Chinese Apps In The Country

India bans 43 more Chinese apps because of transparency concerns

The MeITY or Ministry of electronics information and technology has banned 43 Chinese apps in the next round of clearing apps that lack data-security measures, which is unsafe for India. Indian Government started banning Chinese apps from June 2020 when the Ministry of electronics information and technology banned 59 Chinese apps, out of which the big names like Tik Tok were included in the list. The ban process was followed by 118 more apps banned in which big names like PUBG mobile and PUBG mobile LITE were found in the list. The Indian government also banned the clone apps of all the 59 apps in July.

In the third wave of the ban, the government has announced that it will ban 43 more apps, which include famous names like entertainment streaming app Snack Video, which slowly started the inheritance of Tik Tok in small towns and tier- 2 cities in the country, Ali Express which is one of the most popular e-commerce platforms in the country, Lalamove a logistics and delivery partnering app.  

Why is the Indian government banning all the Chinese apps?

The Ministry of electronics information and technology (MeITY) ordered that all the banned Chinese apps engaged in activities that lead to harming India’s sovereignty and integrity. The MeITY also stated that all the banned Chinese bans could be a significant risk to the country’s defense and have charged them under section 69-in information and technology or (IT) act.

Apar Gupta, a senior lawyer and Managing director of the Internet freedom foundation, stated to the press that all the bans on Chinese applications are an act of insecurity with a bulk of questions yet to prove. He also added that if the current action can be limited to Chinese applications and trace foundation in other apps well. Gupta also added that public policy’s objective must not strain on winners and losers, but it must be enforced with a sense of uniformity. 

A New York-based technology lawyer Mishi Choudhary stated that geopolitics and cybersecurity policies have a strong parallel relationship and are intertwined together. We also know that the Chinese don’t work with rules, and she also used the term “notorious” in describing Chinese policies. She also said that the Chinese government has no right to enforce such a law. Mishi Choudhary also agreed that transparency should not be compromised whether it is an American app, a Chinese app, or even an Indian app. 

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Is the ban on Chinese apps from the Indian Government compile with legislation?

According to Apar Gupta, the privacy policy must not be restricted to Chinese apps only. Also, the risk of cyber-attacks is the same as all the apps where there is no data protection law in the sub-continent. Gupta also added that the policy should also scan millions of other apps available in the Indian market. Gupta said that the Indian government could enforce penalties on such apps and added that perspective punishment would be a great idea when compared to bans.

India is heading into the tech-generation world with so many strict policies, making foreign investments difficult even though India is a favorable destination for the tech market.                             

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