India strikes digitally, bans 59 Chinese apps.
Amid the tension with China along the LAC in Ladakh, the government of India strikes digitally banning 59 Chinese apps. The 59 banned apps include UC Browser, Helo, SHAREit and the most popular app TikTok. WeChat, Clubfactory, Shein are also among the other apps banned following the violent clash in the Galwan Valley.
The government of India announces its decision of banning 59 Chinese apps on late Monday night. According to the government, these malicious apps are engaged in activities that are prejudicial for India’s sovereignty, integrity and defence.
The Ministry of Information Technology takes this decision under section 69A of the Information Technology Act. The government says that with relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009, we have decided to ban 59 apps. In the view of information available that “they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
Why this sudden ban?
During the press release the Ministry of Information Technology says that they have received many raising concerns regarding security of data from the citizens. “Many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of certain apps”.
The government on why this sudden ban says that “this move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.”
India has emerged as a leading innovator in the field of technological advancements and primary digital space. But there have been some concerns regarding the data security and privacy of 130 crores citizens. There are certain apps which pose threat to our national sovereignty and security. The Ministry of Information Technology says that they have received several complaints of misuse of some apps which may harm the security of the country.
The MHA’s Cyber Crime Coordination Centre has sent exhaustive directions to block such malicious apps. “The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues.”
Pondering upon all the possible threats to the security and privacy of the citizens and the nation, the government of India decided to ban such apps. “On the basis of these and upon receiving recent credible inputs that such Apps pose a threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the Government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices.”
Digital Strike on China.
The government’s decision to ban the Chinese apps is a digital strike on China. This would be a good lesson for invading our border and killing our soldiers. This move of the government can give a big blow to China’s dreams of Digital Silk Route. This can destroy the value of the Chinese digital companies.
After India’s digital strike it is likely that other countries may also follow our cue and act against these apps. Speaking of which, Taiwan and Germany have already banned some Chinese apps like zoom.
Experts say that this move will impact the Chinese digital market and bring down the competition for Indian apps. “From a tactical perspective, it puts enormous economic pressure because these apps are heavily reliant on Indian markets. Legally it is sound because grounds like national security are difficult to challenge in a court of law.”