The government on Tuesday blocked access to 43 more Chinese mobile apps, including Alibaba Workbench, AliExpress, Alipay Cashier, CamCard and WeDate, for being prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity and defence of the nation. The Ministry of Electronics and IT has issued the order for blocking the access of these apps by users in India based on the comprehensive reports received from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center, Ministry of Home Affairs, an official release said. Sources, meanwhile, said these apps have Chinese links.
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, GoI (@GoI_MeitY) issued an order today under section 69A of the Information Technology Act blocking access to 43 mobile apps in India.
" Ministry of Electronics & IT (@GoI_MeitY) November 24, 2020
Earlier on 29 June, the government had blocked access to 59 mobile apps including WeChat, TikTok, UC Browser, and more and on 2 September 2020, another 118 apps were banned under section 69A of the Information Technology Act. These apps also included much popular game PUBG Mobile app.
"Government of India today issued an order under section 69A of the Information Technology Act blocking access to 43 mobile apps. This action was taken based on the inputs regarding these apps for engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order," the release said.
The complete list of banned apps is below:
AliSuppliers Mobile App
AliExpress - Smarter Shopping, Better Living
Lalamove India - Delivery App
Drive with Lalamove India
CamCard - Business Card Reader
CamCard - BCR (Western)
Soul- Follow the soul to find you
Chinese Social - Free Online Dating Video App & Chat
Date in Asia - Dating & Chat For Asian Singles
We Date-Dating App
Free dating app- Singol, start your date!
TrulyChinese - Chinese Dating App
TrulyAsian - Asian Dating App
ChinaLove: dating app for Chinese singles
DateMyAge: Chat, Meet, Date Mature Singles Online
AsianDate: find Asian singles
FlirtWish: chat with singles
Guys Only Dating: Gay Chat
Tubit: Live Streams
We Work China
First Love Live- super hot live beauties live online
Rela - Lesbian Social Network
MGTV- HunanTV official TV APP
WeTV - TV version
WeTV - Cdrama, Kdrama&More
Lucky Live- Live Video Streaming App
Isoland 2: Ashes of Time
BoxStar (Early Access)
Jellipop Match- Decorate your dream islandï¼
Munchkin Match: magic home building
Conquista Online II
Talking about the ban, Akash Karmakar, a partner at the Law Offices of Panag & Babu said, "While the MEITY has invoked its powers to block these apps on the same grounds as stated earlier, (sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order) these terms are capable of a wide interpretation. The lack of well-defined parameters as opposed to an elastic definition could cause hurt India's credibility as an investment destination for foreign technology companies, in a manner akin to how the vague definition of 'public policy' was earlier used to resist enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. The MHA defining its expectations and the MEITY conducting the ongoing proceedings against banned apps in a transparent and time-bound manner could help prevent such an adverse perception about the ease of doing business in India."
Meanwhile, Aditya Narang, co-founder and MD, SafeHouse Technologies supported the ban saying, "With the ban of additional 43 apps, the government has yet again proved that the security and hygiene in the Indian smartphone and app ecosystem needs to be maintained. The biggest security concern is that a lot of apps on your smart phones collect massive amounts of data which has nothing to do with the service it provides. It takes several security-sensitive and intrusive permissions which the user doesn't understand but ends up agreeing to. As the threat to secure user data is increasing, users must make sure their mobile phones are protected, secured and encrypted."
With inputs from PTI