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From TikTok to CamScanner: Full list of 59 Chinese apps now banned in India

Amid nationwide calls for boycott of Chinese products, India on Monday banned calls 59 Chinese mobile apps including popular short video making platform TikTok. 

The ban comes two weeks after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash at Galwan Valley in Ladakh near the Line of Actual Control (LAC). 

These apps are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order,” the government said in an order issued on Monday. 

The ban has been issued under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 by the Ministry of Information Technology. 

The ministry said it has decided to block 59 apps in view of the emergent nature of threats. 

In view of the information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order, the order said. 

Here is the full list of banned 59 Chinese apps:

  1. TikTok 
  2. Shareit 
  3. Kwai 
  4. UC Browser 
  5. Baidu map  
  6. Shein  
  7. Clash of Kings  
  8. DU battery saver  
  9. Helo  
  10. Likee 
  11. YouCam makeup  
  12. Mi Community  
  13. CM Browers  
  14. Virus Cleaner  
  15. APUS Browser  
  16. ROMWE  
  17. Club Factory  
  18. Newsdog  
  19. Beutry Plus  
  20. WeChat  
  21. UC News  
  22. QQ Mail  
  23. Weibo  
  24. Xender  
  25. QQ Music  
  26. QQ Newsfeed  
  27. Bigo Live  
  28. SelfieCity  
  29. Mail Master  
  30. Parallel Space  
  31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi  
  32. WeSync  
  33. ES File Explorer  
  34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc  
  35. Meitu  
  36. Vigo Video  
  37. New Video Status  
  38. DU Recorder  
  39. Vault- Hide  
  40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio  
  41. DU Cleaner  
  42. DU Browser  
  43. Hago Play With New Friends  
  44. Cam Scanner  
  45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile  
  46. Wonder Camera  
  47. Photo Wonder  
  48. QQ Player  
  49. We Meet  
  50. Sweet Selfie  
  51. Baidu Translate  
  52. Vmate  
  53. QQ International  
  54. QQ Security Center  
  55. QQ Launcher  
  56. U Video  
  57. V fly Status Video  
  58. Mobile Legends  
  59. DU Privacy 

The ministry said it has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.

The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures, it added. 

The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps. The IT Ministry has also received many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of certain apps. 

The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues. 

This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace, the ministry went on to say.