Government Bans TikTok, 58 Other Chinese Apps

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The government on Monday banned 59 mobile apps owned by Chinese companies for unauthorized transfer of users’ data to servers outside India.

This emergency measure was required because “elements hostile to national security and defence of India’’ were using the surreptitiously transferred data for profiling that was impinging on national security, said the IT Ministry.

The banned apps include the widely popular TikTok, WeChat and SHAREit, another Chinese app that transfers files, including photos, videos, music and contacts. It could not be ascertained whether the PM’s verified account on Weibo has been deleted.— TNS

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