Why India banned 54 Chinese apps including Garena Free Fire, CuteU, more: Here is the TRUTH
In a big action, India had banned 54 Chinese apps recently. The reason was not very clear, but now, FM Nirmala Sitharaman has revealed why these Chinese apps were banned by India.
The central government on February 14 passed an order to ban 54 Chinese apps in the country, including the extremely popular Garena Free Fire, CuteU, Equalizer, Music Player, Tencent Xriver and more. The decision was taken citing security concerns. The reason was not very clear, but now, FM Nirmala Sitharaman has revealed why these Chinese apps were banned by India. The Finance Minister on Tuesday said that the Chinese apps were banned because they were 'deleterious' in one way or another. Sitharaman informed reporters that the topic was discussed at the meeting of Financial Stability Development Council (FSDC), which comprises all the Financial sector regulators, according to a report by livemint.com.
As per the report shared by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) these Chinese apps were either the cloned version or having similar functionalities, privacy issue and security threats as was the case in the 267 previously blocked apps by the government in the year 2020. The Indian government initially blocked 59 apps on 29 June 2020 followed by 47 related/cloning apps on 10 August 2020, thereafter 118 apps were blocked on September 1, 2020 and later 43 apps were blocked on November 19, 2020.
As per the information these 54 apps allegedly obtain various critical permissions and collect sensitive user data. These collected real-time data are being misused and transmitted to servers located in a hostile country.
In addition there are other serious concerns as some of these apps can carry out Espionage and Surveillance activities via camera/mic, accessing fine location (GPS) and do malicious network activity similar to previously blocked apps. Therefore, MeitY has issued Interim directions for the blocking of 54 Chinese Apps in India.
Check the Full List of Chinese apps banned in India
1. Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD
2. Beauty Camera - Selfie Camera
3. Equalizer -- Bass Booster & Volume EQ &Virtualizer
4. Music Player- Music, Mp3 Player
5. Equalizer & Bass Booster - Music Volume EQ
6. Music Plus - MP3 Player
7. Equalizer Pro - Volume Booster & Bass Booster
8. Video Player Media All Format
9. Music Player - Equalizer & MP3
10. Volume Booster - Loud Speaker & Sound Booster
11. Music Player - MP3 Player
12. CamCard for SalesForce Ent
13. Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite
14. Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
15. APUS Security HD (Pad Version)
16. Parallel Space Lite 32 Support
17. Viva Video Editor - Snack Video Maker with Music
18. Nice video Baidu
19. Tencent Xriver
20. Onmyoji Chess
21. Onmyoji Arena
23. Dual Space Lite - Multiple Accounts & Clone App
24. Dual Space Pro - Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
25. DualSpace Lite - 32 Bit Support
26. Dual Space - 32Bit Support
27. Dual Space - 64Bit Support
28. Dual Space Pro - 32Bit Support
29. Conquer Online - MMORPG Game
30. Conquer Online Ⅱ
31. Live Weather & Radar – Alerts
32. Notes- Color Notepad, Notebook
33. MP3 Cutter - Ringtone Maker & Audio Cutter
34. Voice Recorder & Voice Changer
35. Barcode Scanner - QR Code Scan
36. Lica Cam - selfie camera app
37. EVE Echoes
39. UU Game Booster-network solution for high ping
40. Extraordinary Ones
42. Stick Fight: The Game Mobile
43. Twilight Pioneers
44. CuteU: Match With The World
45. SmallWorld-Enjoy groupchat and video chat
46. CuteU Pro
47. FancyU - Video Chat & Meetup
48. RealU: Go Live, Make Friends
49. MoonChat: Enjoy Video Chats
50. RealU Lite -video to live!
51. Wink: Connect Now
52. FunChat Meet People Around You
53. FancyU pro - Instant Meetup through Video chat!
54. Garena Free Fire – Illuminate
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