The Indian government banned almost 60 Chinese mobile apps on Monday, including TikTok, citing national security concerns that are part of the larger retaliation that is taking place between countries after their military clash earlier this month.
The move takes place after a fatal clash between Chinese and Indian military along their shared, controversial border earlier this month. 20 Indians and an unknown number of Chinese victims died in the fighting.
While India has vowed to take revenge, it lags far behind China in terms of military and economic power. Leave it with few options. However, Chinese telecommunications and social networking companies have long been keeping an eye on the huge Indian market and its enormous potential. Only about 50 percent of the 1.3 billion Indian citizens are online.
In addition to TikTok, the popular platform for social networks, the blocked apps include UC Browser, Shareit and Baidu Map.
The mobile apps on Android and iOS platforms “stole and transmit user data in an unauthorized manner to servers located outside of India,” said a statement by the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on Monday.
“The compilation of this data, its collection and profiling by elements that are hostile to India’s national security and defense and ultimately compromise India’s sovereignty and integrity, is a very profound and immediate matter that requires immediate action,” said Explanation added.