India to ban 54 more Chinese apps, including Viva Video Editor and AppLock, citing security threat: report
New Delhi: The Center will also ban 54 other Chinese apps that pose a threat to India’s security. “The Indian government is going to ban 54 Chinese apps that pose a security threat to India,” the sources told ANI news agency.
The main apps included in the list of apps to ban are — Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD, Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera, Equalizer & Bass Booster, CamCard for SalesForce Ent, Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite, Viva Video Editor, Tencent Xriver , Onmyoji Chess, Onmyoji Arena, AppLock, Dual Space Lite.
Although, this is not the first time that the Indian government has banned Chinese apps for security reasons. As of June 2021, India had banned 59 Chinese apps which included major social media apps like TikTok, WeChat and Helo.
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The ban was imposed due to the majority of the apps being flagged by security agencies for collecting user data and allegedly sending it out of the country.
The previous ban on the app came after 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese soldiers were martyred in violent clashes in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, on the other side of the real control line (LAC).
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Later in September 2021, the Indian government banned another 118 Chinese apps citing a threat to the country’s sovereignty. The government had said the apps were “prejudicial to India’s sovereignty and integrity, India’s defence, state security and public order”.
China has opposed the bans, citing them as a violation of World Trade Organization non-discriminatory principles.