Guwahati: PUBG mobile, e-commerce platform AliExpress and popular game Ludo World are among the 275 apps that are now under scrutiny for a ban by the Indian government.
Sources say that as many as 275 more applications are under scrutiny for potential user privacy violations and national security threats. The geopolitical tensions between India and China seem to simmer down a bit after the face-off in Ladakh and banning of 59 Chinese-owned apps last month. This includes apps like TikTok, WeChat, Xender, and much more.
According to government reports, India is keeping a watch on not only apps owned by China but also having any investments from China. This move comes after the United States is reportedly mulling over banning of Chinese apps for sharing data with state authorities in Beijing. The National Intelligence Law of 2017 in China which governs all tech companies based there or are under Chinese ownership, mandates that all business to share any information that the Chinese government may ask for. This is a cause of major concern for Indian government.
This new list of 275 applications has major ones like the popular PUBG mobile backed by Tencent; AliExpress, Alibaba group’s shopping portal; Zili by Xiaomi; Ulike; and Resso from Byte Dance, etc. The list also includes developers and companies like Sina Corp, Netease games, LBE Tech, Perfect Corp to name a few. If sources are to be believed, many of these apps have been red-flagged due to security reasons while others have been listed for violation of privacy and data sharing concerns.