52 apps with 'Chinese' ties flagged as threat to national security
According to media reports, Indian intelligence agencies have flagged 52 apps, created by Chinese developers or owned by Chinese companies, that have been deemed as a threat to national security. This include popular apps such as TikTok, Big Live, Shareit, UC Browser, Shein, Zoom and Clash of Kings. Many of these apps are developed and bundled on India’s largest smartphone seller, Xiaomi.
These security concerns have been highlighted in the backdrop of mounting tensions between India and China and Indian intelligence agencies are questioning the data collection practices of these apps. It was recently reported that Xiaomi’s browser was collecting user data even in incognito mode which led to a backlash.
All the flagged apps are live on Google Playstore and Apple’s App Store.