Central Govt Blocks Over 138 Apps Linked To China

| Updated: February 5, 2023 1:50 pm

The Centre has prohibited over 138 betting apps with connections to China on an urgent and emergency basis. Based on the Union home ministry’s suggestions, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) carried out the action.

The decision was made after it was established that the 138 betting applications contained content harmful to the sovereignty and integrity of the nation. The ministry barred 54 Chinese apps that were a security risk to India last year. The apps included Tencent Xriver, Onmyoji Chess, Equalizer & Bass Booster, and Dual Space Lite.

The 54 apps, according to the government, reportedly obtained crucial rights and gathered private user information. According to a statement from the IT ministry, the material was being used improperly and transferred to servers in a hostile nation.

These apps either have identical functionality to one another or have similar privacy and security risks. The government restricted 47 related/cloning apps on August 10, 2020, after banning 59 apps in June 2020.

Later, 43 other apps were restricted on November 19, 2020, and 118 additional apps were blocked on September 1, 2020.

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