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India goes to full offence on Chinese apps

Indian government sees security risks in Chinese apps - but in fact any apps are insecure, starting with the OS

14.Feb.22 10:02 AM
By Shawn Highstraw
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India goes to full offence on Chinese apps

The Indian government has blocked dozens of apps from China again. Over the past year and a half, India has banned hundreds of apps with Chinese ties because they 'pose a security risk'.

Among other things, apps from Chinese tech giants Tencent and NetEase have been removed from the app stores. These are less well-known apps such as Xriver and Onmyoji Arena. Of the recently banned apps, there are also some copies of previously banned apps.

A spokesman for Google confirmed that the apps had to be removed from the Play Store. To this end, the company was commissioned by the Indian Ministry of Electronics and IT.

"We have notified developers and temporarily blocked access to the apps in India," the spokesperson said.

India started the strict approach to Chinese apps in mid-2020. It started by blocking TikTok, an Alibaba browser and the popular chat app WeChat, among others. Meanwhile, more than three hundred apps with Chinese ties have been blocked in the country.

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