Amid the rising military and diplomatic tensions😠 with China, the Indian govt. has made a highly significant decision.
It has decided to put a ban🚫 on 59 Chinese mobile apps.
These include TikTok, UC Browser, WeChat, Shareit, Helo, Weibo and others.
On what grounds?
As per the govt. these apps transmit📶 their users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.
This data then gets into the hands of such elements who are hostile👿 to India’s security and defence (China in this case).
They then mine and profile🧐 this information.
This amounts to encroaching on the sovereignty and integrity of India.
The govt. has also cited concerns on aspects relating to data security and privacy🤫 of users of such apps.
Thumbs up from Desi apps
Not surprisingly, the Indian apps such as Bolo Indya, Roposo, ShareChat who aim to challenge✊ the supremacy of Chinese apps have welcomed this ban.
As per them, it will open up the market🤑 for them.
Unjustified, say others
Some internet activist groups have questioned🤨 this decision by the govt.
One of them, “The Internet Freedom Foundation” has called for transparency😇 and disclosure on this issue.
It has said that in spite of imposing a blanket ban, such cases need to be considered on an individual basis🔍.