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Govt blocks 118 Mobile Apps including PUGB
 
New Delhi: The government on Wednesday banned 118 more Chinese mobile apps, including the popular PUBG, for being involved in activities prejudicial to India''s sovereignty and security, an official statement said here. The mobile apps include PUBG Mobile, PUBG Mobile Lite, InNote, VooV Meeting - Tencent Video Conferencing, Super Clean - Master of Cleaner, Phone Booster, WeChat reading, Government WeChat, Small Q brush, Tencent Weiyun, Pitu and WeChat Work. The government had banned TiKToK and WeChat earlier.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India invoking it''s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 118 mobile 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, the statement read.

The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps. Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside Parliament. 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 the citizens, the Ministry of Electronics & IT said.


The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said it 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.

On the basis of these and upon receiving of recent credible inputs that information posted, permissions sought, functionality embedded as well as data harvesting practices of above stated Apps raise serious concerns that these Apps collect and share data in surreptitious manner and compromise personal data and information of users that can have a severe threat to security of the State, the ministry said. ''''In the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India and security of the State.

And using the sovereign powers, the Government has decided to block the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices,'''' it said. This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users, adding that the decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace. The blocked apps include APUS Launcher Pro- Theme, Live Wallpapers, Smart, Cut Cut ? Cut Out & Photo Background Editor, Baidu, Baidu Express Edition, FaceU - Inspire your Beauty, ShareSave by Xiaomi: Latest gadgets, amazing deals, CamCard - Business Card Reader and CamOCR.

Cyber Hunter, Cyber Hunter Lite, Knives Out-No rules, just fight!, Super Mecha Champions, LifeAfter, Dawn of Isles, Ludo World-Ludo Superstar, Chess Rush, Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade,Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon, Dank Tanks, Warpath and Game of Sultans are among the apps which were blocked.


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