Cybersecurity concerns reportedly prompted India to ban more than 100 mobile apps with links to China on Wednesday, according to TechCrunch. The banned apps include popular mobile game PUBG, along with VPN for TikTok and WeChat Work.
The full list of apps appears in a press release reportedly from India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, which said the ministry had received complaints about the apps’ data handling.
“Several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India. The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defense of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India,” the ministry said in the release.
India banned wildly popular Chinese video-sharing app TikTok and 58 others — including WeChat and Weibo — in June after a border clash between troops from both countries left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead.