Fearing data theft, Indian government banned 348 apps, then Chinese apps on radar

India’s technology market is growing by leaps and bounds day by day. Along with this, vigilance has also become very important. The Indian government has swung into action mode after several complaints of theft and misuse of data of Indian citizens by countries like China. The government said on Wednesday that 348 such mobile apps […]
 


Fearing data theft, Indian government banned 348 apps, then Chinese apps on radar

India’s technology market is growing by leaps and bounds day by day. Along with this, vigilance has also become very important. The Indian government has swung into action mode after several complaints of theft and misuse of data of Indian citizens by countries like China.

The government said on Wednesday that 348 such mobile apps developed by China and other countries have been identified and banned. These apps were collecting user information and sending it to servers located outside the country in an unauthorized manner and using it in other ways.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Rajiv Chandrashekhar in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha from Rodmal Nagar. The MP asked whether the government has identified any app sending information outside the country and if such an app is found, have they been banned. In response, the minister said that the Union Home Ministry has identified 348 such apps.

He further informed that on the request of the Department, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has blocked all these applications as such data transmission violates the sovereignty and integrity of India, Defense of India and State Security. Chandrashekhar said that investigation has revealed that this app has been developed by various countries including China.