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    Government asks 59 Chinese apps to ensure strict compliance to ban order

    Synopsis

    The government on June 29 had banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including TikTok, CamScanner and UC Browser, saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country.

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    The government has warned Chinese companies whose apps were banned last month to strictly comply with its order and make sure that the 59 proscribed
    apps are not available for download or installation, either directly or indirectly.

    Non-compliance will attract “penal provisions” and “strict action”, notices sent on Tuesday by the Ministry of Electronics and IT
    (MeitY) said.

    “Continued availability and operation of these banned apps, directly or indirectly, is not only illegal but also an offence under the Information Technology Act and other
    applicable Acts, which would attract penal provisions,” a top government official told ET.

    If the app is found available for use within India, it would be construed as a violation of the order.

    “The companies have been directed to ensure strict compliance of the orders of the Ministry, failing which serious action will be
    taken,” the official added.

    On June 29, the government banned the 59 Chinese mobile apps, including top social media platforms TikTok, WeChat and Helo, citing threats to the country’s
    “sovereignty and security”.

    ShareIT, UC Browser and shopping app Club Factory are also among other prominent apps that have been blocked, amid border
    tensions between India and China.

    The government official explained that the notice was for those apps whose files were being shared through other websites, instead of on
    Google Play Store or the Apple App store.

    Google has taken down most apps after the government order, while others such as TikTok suspended their applications.
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