On Wednesday, Indian Government has banned another 118 Chinese app under “section 69 of Information Technology Act“. These 118 Chinese apps are an addition on the previous 59 Chinese apps which have been already banned in India on 29th June.
The previous list included popular apps like tiktok, uc browser, helo, xender etc. which got banned due to several concerns of data privacy reported by the security agencies. But, even at that time those 59 apps were not only the ones that got reported. These 118 apps were also identified in the range of concern.
So, as for now there is a total of 224 Chinese apps that are banned in India.
Here is the list of all 224 Chinese apps banned in India:
Previous list 59 Chinese apps banned in India;
|1. TikTok||31. Shareit|
|2. Kwai||32. UC Browser|
|3. Baidu map||33. Shein|
|4. Clash of Kings||34. DU battery saver|
|5. Helo||35. Likee|
|6. YouCam makeup||36. Mi Community|
|7. CM Browers||37. Virus Cleaner|
|8. APUS Browser||38. ROMWE|
|9. Club Factory||39. Newsdog|
|10. Beutry Plus||40. WeChat|
|11. UC News||41. QQ Mail|
|12. Weibo||42. Xender|
|13. QQ Music||43. QQ Newsfeed|
|14. Bigo Live||44. SelfieCity|
|15. Mail Master||45. Parallel Space|
|16. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi||46. WeSync|
|17. ES File Explorer||47. Viva Video – QU Video Inc|
|18. Meitu||48. Vigo Video|
|19. New Video Status||49. DU Recorder|
|20. Vault- Hide||50. Cache Cleaner DU App studio|
|21. DU Cleaner||51. DU Browser|
|22. Hago Play With New Friends||52. Cam Scanner|
|23. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile||53. Wonder Camera|
|24. Photo Wonder||54. QQ Player|
|25. We Meet||55. Sweet Selfie|
|26. Baidu Translate||56. Vmate|
|27. QQ International||57. QQ Security Center|
|28. QQ Launcher||58. U Video|
|29. V fly Status Video||59. Mobile Legends|
|30. DU Privacy|
Here is the official press release page by government of India, click here.
List of 118 chines apps banned in India
|1. APUS Launcher Pro- Theme, Live Wallpapers, Smart||60. APUS Launcher -Theme, Call Show, Wallpaper, HideApps|
|2. APUS Security -Antivirus, Phone security, Cleaner||61. APUS Turbo Cleaner 2020- Junk Cleaner, Anti-Virus|
|3. APUS Flashlight-Free & Bright||62. Cut Cut – Cut Out & Photo Background Editor|
|4. Baidu||63. Baidu Express Edition|
|5. FaceU – Inspire your Beauty||64. ShareSave by Xiaomi: Latest gadgets, amazing deals|
|6. CamCard – Business Card Reader||65. CamCard Business|
|7. CamCard for Salesforce||66. CamOCR|
|8. InNote||67. VooV Meeting – Tencent Video Conferencing|
|9. Super Clean – Master of Cleaner, Phone Booster||68. WeChat reading|
|10. Government WeChat||69. Small Q brush|
|11. Tencent Weiyun||70. Pitu|
|12. WeChat Work||71. Cyber Hunter|
|13. Cyber Hunter Lite||72. Knives Out-No rules, just fight!|
|14. Super Mecha Champions||73. LifeAfter|
|15. Dawn of Isles||74. Ludo World-Ludo Superstar|
|16. Chess Rush||75. PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik|
|17. PUBG MOBILE LITE||76. Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade|
|18. Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon||77. Dank Tanks|
|19. Warpath||78. Game of Sultans|
|20. Gallery Vault – Hide Pictures And Videos||79. Smart AppLock (App Protect)|
|21. Message Lock (SMS Lock)-Gallery Vault Developer Team||80. Hide App-Hide Application Icon|
|22. AppLock||81. AppLock Lite|
|23. Dual Space – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner||82. ZAKZAK Pro – Live chat & video chat online|
|24. ZAKZAK LIVE: live-streaming & video chat app||83. Music – Mp3 Player|
|25. Music Player – Audio Player & 10 Bands Equalizer||84. HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera|
|26. Cleaner – Phone Booster||85. Web Browser & Fast Explorer|
|27. Video Player All Format for Android||86. Photo Gallery HD & Editor|
|28.Photo Gallery & Album||87. Music Player – Bass Booster – Free Download|
|29. HD Camera – Beauty Cam with Filters & Panorama||88. HD Camera Pro & Selfie Camera|
|30. Music Player – MP3 Player & 10 Bands Equalizer||89. Gallery HD|
|31. Web Browser – Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer||90. Web Browser – Secure Explorer|
|32. Music player – Audio Player||91. Video Player – All Format HD Video Player|
|33. Lamour Love All Over The World||92. Amour- video chat & call all over the world.|
|34. MV Master – Make Your Status Video & Community||93. MV Master – Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor|
|35. APUS Message Center-Intelligent management||94. LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers|
|36. Carrom Friends : Carrom Board & Pool Game-||95. Ludo All Star- Play Online Ludo Game & Board Games|
|37. Bike Racing : Moto Traffic Rider Bike Racing Games||96. Rangers Of Oblivion : Online Action MMO RPG Game|
|38. Z Camera – Photo Editor, Beauty Selfie, Collage||97. GO SMS Pro – Messenger, Free Themes, Emoji|
|39. U-Dictionary: Oxford Dictionary Free Now Translate||98. Ulike – Define your selfie in trendy style|
|40. Tantan – Date For Real||99. MICO Chat: New Friends Banaen aur Live Chat karen|
|41. Kitty Live – Live Streaming & Video Live Chat||100. Malay Social Dating App to Date & Meet Singles|
|42. Alipay||101. AlipayHK|
|43. Mobile Taobao||102. Youku|
|44. Road of Kings- Endless Glory||103. Sina News|
|45. Netease News||104. Penguin FM|
|46. Murderous Pursuits||105. Tencent Watchlist (Tencent Technology|
|47. Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese||106. HUYA LIVE – Game Live Stream|
|48. Little Q Album||107. Fighting Landlords – Free and happy Fighting Landlords|
|49. Hi Meitu||108. Mobile Legends: Pocket|
|50. VPN for TikTok||109. VPN for TikTok|
|51. Penguin E-sports Live assistant||110. Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices|
|52. iPick||111. Beauty Camera Plus – Sweet Camera & Face Selfie|
|53. Parallel Space Lite – Dual App||112. “Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC|
|54. MARVEL Super War NetEase Games||113.AFK Arena|
|55. Creative Destruction NetEase Games||114. Crusaders of Light NetEase Games|
|56. Mafia City Yotta Games||115. Onmyoji NetEase Games|
|57. Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games||116. Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded|
|58. Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games||117. Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games|
|59. Soul Hunters||118. Rules of Survival|
Here is the official press release page by government of India, click here.
Here, some popular apps that are in the list
- Pubg mobile
- Pubg mobile lite
- U Dictionary
These are some of the popular apps in the second list. It seems like in this list, the only major blow is Pubg Mobile which is currently the most popular game among the Indian youth.
In the first list there were more number of popular apps like tiktok, helo, xender, uc browser etc.
Pubg mobile alternative
For Pubg mobile lovers who are feeling a great blow due to banning of Pubg in India, there is a much better & more reliable game for them. This game in PC dates very far back in time & has a great fan base. Recently they have also launched it in mobile version. But due to Pubg they were not able to gain expected amount of popularity.
For a true gamer, this game is a great alternative. So, till now, you must have guessed the name of this game!
Yes, off course it is “Call of duty”. You can go for it without any worries. And, as it is not Chinese so there exists no risk of data theft or getting banned.
Why only Chinese apps are getting banned in India?
You might be wondering why suddenly Indian government started taking such harsh steps & banned all these apps. And also how they can harm national security as they are just some mobile apps.
So, if you have ever given even a little bit of attention while installing an app to your phone, you already know that it asks various permissions before getting operational. Many of the apps that you install asks you to allow them to assess you storage, network, camera, location & mic. And also when you login in them through your email they get more information access available through your google account.
So, here is the thing, when these apps have all the permissions, they start to collect different types of information about you like your online behaviour, what you search & topic or products you are interested in. sometimes they even record what you are typing on your keyboard e.g. passwords, private messages etc.
Now you may say that why Chinese apps only? Why not others? Let alone others, even google needs all kind of personal data & permissions.
Although, Chinese companies also claim to have same type of data privacy policies. But there is a law in china that obliges any company in china to give any sort of data that government wants from them about their users or anything. This law comes under “national intelligence law article 7”.
There are also reports that these Chinese apps are not showing data that you want. They always try to promote content that support Chinese policy & vision. These apps also try to promote anti-national thinking in rival countries, so that they can manipulate ideology of people about their nation.
Here is the overview how it can damage you & your nation
The information collected from you help companies & government to plan their schemes & products that they use to increase their profit & strengthen their economy. It’s not your individual data, they are collecting this data from each & every user of their apps. And by proper analysis of data they can determine & find out things that are a potential risk to national security and defence. This way, these tiny little things ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of any nation.
Effects of banning Chinese apps
The banning of these apps will help to protect the economy and integrity of the nation. The sole reason being that, if these apps are not installed in our mobile, it will make it way too harder for them to collect any personal data from a very big user base.
Also, these Chinese companies are going to lose a large number of users which will affect their profit margins in future.
Other than that your data will be safer & your privacy rights will be maintained.