Indian intelligence agencies have rendered over forty Chinese apps to be unsafe and a potential threat to national security. As per a report published in the Financial Express, the Indian government has listed 42 Chinese apps as dangerous. As per the reports, intelligence agencies have asked the central government to either ban or advise Indian users to stop using these apps. Notably, the list contains several apps which are quite popular in the Indian market. The agencies have reportedly shared concerns that these apps extract large amounts of data outside our national borders.
Some of the most popular apps on the list of unsafe apps include –
- Club Factory
- UC News
The list includes applications from a range of sphere including social media, e-commerce, mobile web-browsers, etc. Furthermore, the list also includes file-sharing applications such as Shareit, the bundle of Xiaomi apps, popular games like Clash of Kings as well as security apps such as 360 security.
The complete list of unsafe Chinese apps mentioned by the Indian agencies includes WeChat, BeautyPlus, 360 Security, WeSync, YouCam Makeup, Helo, LIKE, VivaVideo- QU Video Inc, UC Browser and UC News. Moreover, it also mentions Clean Master – Cheetah, CacheClear, DU apps studio as well as DU Battery Saver, DU Browser, DU Cleaner, DU Privacy and the DU recorder.
Furthermore, many of the pre-bundled Mi apps on the popular Xiaomi phones are also on the list including Mi Community, Mi Store, and Mi Video call. It further mentions APUS Browser, Baidu Map and Baidu Translate, Bigo Live, Clash of Kings, CM Browser, ES File Explorer, Kwai, Mail Master, ROMWE, QQ NewsFeed, QQ International, QQ Music, QQ Launcher, QQ Security Centre, QQ Mail, QQ Player, NewsDog, Parallel Space, SelfieCity, Perfect Corp, Photo Wonder, Vault-Hide, Vigo Video, Virus Cleaner (Hi Security Lab), Wonder Camera, and Xender.
It is worth noting that National Security Council Secretariat has also supported the recommendations from the intelligence agencies of putting a ban on these apps.
Earlier in April, the Ministry of Home Affairs had also issued an advisory on the use of Zoom and warned against the popular video-conferencing app. The ministry had rendered Zoom as an unsafe platform and urged users to at least adhere to certain security settings as a safeguard against malicious Additionally, the Swedish app, Truecaller is also said to be among the list of unsafe apps.