India continues its ban on mobile applications linked to China. In June, the Government had banned 59 applications and now more 118 applications have been added to the list.
Second Indian salvo to ban Chinese mobile applications. After a first series in June of 59 applications including TikTok and WeChat, India has added the blocking of 118 other applications based in China or linked to this country.
In the new list, we find names like Alipay and Baidu where the Chinese origin is obvious, but also PUBG Mobile very popular in India. This is because of a link with the Chinese group Tencent (Tencent Games). The list also includes VPNs for TikTok.
The Indian Ministry of Information Technology wrote in a statement that it had received “numerous complaints from various sources, including several reports regarding the misuse of certain mobile applications available on the Android and iOS platforms.”
Government of India reports “theft and transmission of user data ” in an unauthorized manner to servers located outside India. A ” prejudice to the sovereignty and integrity ” of the country, as well as to ” the defense of India, state security and public order.”
Note that in its communication, India does not actually refer directly to China, but everyone will have understood between the lines in a tense geopolitical context.