Technology – Government Bans 348 Smartphone Apps For Illegally Sending User Data Abroad

The government of India has banned 348 apps for collecting and transmitting personal user data.

According to Minister of State for Electronics And Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, these 348 apps from various countries were collecting user information for profiling purposes.

“Based on the request from Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has blocked those 348 mobile applications since such data transmission infringes the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, and security of the State,” Chandrasekhar said.

What is profiling, you wonder? When companies or governments collect user information in order to identify them for whatever reasons, it’s profiling.

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China remains at the centre

Many of these apps originated in China, and the government has been cracking down on Chinese apps for quite some time now. Just a few days ago, popular game BattleGrounds Mobile India (BGMI) was banned for allegedly transmitting user data of Indians abroad illegally.

In addition, the Parliament was informed on Wednesday that these apps were sending this information overseas without authorisation. Under the Information Technology Act, 2000, the government of India has banned 320 Chinese apps in the last two years, including the world famous TikTok.

In July, Chandrasekhar said that many of these banned apps were reappearing on marketplaces under new guises – through rebranding exercises or similar sounding names. We were unable to find exact information about the apps that have been banned by the government.

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