New Delhi: Merely hours after the government of India banned 59 Chinese apps in the country, TikTok has announced that they have been invited by the government to respond to the ban order and submit clarification.
The Chinese tech company ByteDance-owned app is one of 59 apps that were banned in India by the government citing high risk of information and personal data leakage.
“The Government of India has issued an interim order for the blocking of 59 apps, including TikTok and we are in the process of complying with it. We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications,” said Nikhil Gandhi, head of TikTok, India, in a statement.
According to the company, they comply with all the data privacy and security requirements as per the Indian law and has not revealed any personal information of Indian users with any foreign governments.
On June 29, India banned 59 popular smartphone apps made by China. The notification issued by The Ministry of Information Technology of the Government of India derived powers under the section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 banned the apps citing security concerns for the citizens of the country.