New Delhi: After two months of banning 59 Chinese apps including Tiktok, Shein, Share-it, the Information and Technology Ministry has banned 118 China-linked apps including the widely popular game PubG on Wednesday. The government has said that the decision regarding banning of these apps was taken after receiving complaints regarding stealing users' data from various sources and surreptitiously transmitting the data in an unauthorized manner to servers located outside India. This comes after the prevailing tensions on the border between India and China.
"In view of the information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order," says Ministry, in an official statement. India is said to be the largest market for PUBG. Apart from PUBG, the government has banned Ludo World, Cyber Hunter, WeChat, Baidu, Baidu Express, FaceU among others.
"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 statement further said. Earlier, it has been reported that the ministry is eyeing to ban 275 Chinese apps.