Chinese apps banned on Valentine’s Day! Garena Free Fire, others FORBIDDEN in India!

On Valentine’s Day, India decided to ban 54 Chinese apps due to security concerns. Popular titles such as Garena Free Fire and AppLock were among the banned apps

No love was found for 54 Chinese apps on Valentine’s Day in India when the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) issued an order to ban them on a large scale. Although these apps are called “Chinese”, some apps like Garena Free Fire are based in Singapore. What is essentially meant by Chinese apps is that the apps are from China or have a Chinese connection which poses a security risk to India. A majority of the apps listed in the ban are utility apps or popular games. Some well-known names in the ban list include Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade game, AppLocker, multiple Dual Space apps that allowed users to create app clones, and Stick Fight.

Government officials said the apps were banned using emergency powers under Section 69A of the IT Act, 2000. They said most of these apps functioned as rebranding or cloning apps of those banned in 2020. statement: “These 54 apps are said to obtain various critical permissions and collect sensitive user data. This real-time data collected is misused and sent to servers in a hostile country.”

54 Chinese apps removed from Google Play Store

Not just the Google Play Store but these apps have been removed from all major app stores operating in the country. In a statement, a Google spokesperson said: “After receiving the preliminary injunction passed under Section 69A of the IT Act, we notified the affected developers under an established process and temporarily blocked access. to the apps that remained available on the Play Store in India.”

This batch of Chinese app bans by the Indian government is slightly different from the previous one in 2020. At the time, the game developers were ordered to shut down the servers and both telecom networks and Internet service providers were ordered to restrict users’ access to these bans. . applications. This time, however, the apps were only removed from the various playstores. People who have yet installed these applications can use them, including the online games like Garena Free Fire where a server contact point is required.

It was also reported yesterday that the Samsung Galaxy Store, which is powered by the Indus app Bazaar, was running both Garena Free Fire and AppLock even after the government ban.

Arun Agarwal
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