New Delhi: India has drawn up a list of 275 Chinese apps that it will review for any violation of national security and user privacy, signaling increased scrutiny and the likelihood that more Chinese Internet firms will be barred in the region, according to people aware of developments.
This follows last month’s high-profile ban on 59 Chinese apps, including the short TikTok video app, amidst simmering geopolitical tensions between the two Asian giants.
The list, checked by ET, includes gaming app PubG backed by China’s most valuable internet major Tencent, phone maker Zili Xiaomi, e-commerce giant Alibaba’s AliExpress, and TikTok-owner ByteDance apps like Resso and ULike.
“The government may ban all, some or none from the list,” said one person cited above.
A spokesperson for the ministry of the union home did not respond to ET’s development queries. Official reports, however, have said reviews aimed at finding more Chinese apps and their funding is ongoing. “Many of these apps were red-flagged due to security reasons while others were identified because of data sharing violations and privacy issues,” an official explained.
This is in addition to examining the alleged flow of data from these apps to China which poses a threat to India ‘s sovereignty and integrity, according to officials who pointed to what they called China’s data-sharing standard requiring Chinese-origin companies to share data with the home country, irrespective of where they operate.