Relations between India and China have become very tense after the military clash on the control line in Ladakh in mid-June 2020. As a result of the incident, 20 Indian soldiers were killed, and more than 75 were injured.
Now the indian authorities announcedthat impose a ban on the use of 59 Chinese applications for reasons of national security (the list can be seen below). These applications were allegedly used to collect data about Indian users, which were then transferred to servers in China.
According to authorities, such data collection for profiling Indian citizens is hostile to national security and the country's defense, and the applications "contribute to activities that damage the sovereignty and integrity of India."
The Indian Ministry of Information Technology, which has authorized the ban, said it has received recommendations from the focal point for cybercrime under the Ministry of the Interior. The ministry also said that earlier the Indian CERT received complaints from users about problems with the privacy and security of banned applications.
It is currently unclear how the Indian government is implementing this ban from a technical point of view. So far, applications are still available in official stores and operate domestically.
According to experts, in India there are approximately 120 million users of TikTok alone, and this makes the country with a population of 1.3 billion people the largest international market for mobile applications.
The list of applications that are banned is as follows: