SME Times News Bureau | 29 Jun, 2020
Monday decided to block 59 apps since in view of 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.
Over the last few years, India has emerged as a
leading innovator when it comes to technological advancements and a primary
market in the digital space.
At the same time, there have been raging concerns
on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore
Indians. It has been noted recently that such concerns also pose a threat to
sovereignty and security of our country.
The Ministry of Information Technology 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.
The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre,
Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for
blocking these malicious apps. This 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.
Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan
concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside
the Parliament of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to
take strict action against Apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the
privacy of our citizens.
List of banned websites:
Video Call – Xiaomi
Video – QU Video Inc
Cleaner DU App studio
Play With New Friends
Master – Cheetah Mobile
fly Status Video