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September 2, 2020

Ministry of Information & Technology bans PUBG and 118 other mobile applications

by shivam jaiswal in Compliance Law, Corporate Law

Ministry of Information & Technology bans PUBG and 118 other mobile applications

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 118 mobile apps (see Appendix) since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including 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 defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures.

The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps.. Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against Apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.

On the basis of these and upon receiving of recent credible inputs that information posted, permissions sought, functionality embedded as well as data harvesting practices of above stated Apps raise serious concerns that these Apps collect and share data in surreptitious manner and compromise personal data and information of users that can have a severe threat to security of the State.

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In the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India and security of the State. And using the sovereign powers, the Government of India has decided to block the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices. These apps are listed in the attached appendix.

This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.

Appendix

  1. APUS Launcher Pro- Theme, Live Wallpapers, Smart

2. APUS Launcher -Theme, Call Show, Wallpaper, HideApps

3. APUS Security -Antivirus, Phone security, Cleaner

4. APUS Turbo Cleaner 2020- Junk Cleaner, Anti-Virus

5. APUS Flashlight-Free & Bright

6. Cut Cut – Cut Out & Photo Background Editor

7. Baidu

8. Baidu Express Edition

9. FaceU – Inspire your Beauty

10. ShareSave by Xiaomi: Latest gadgets, amazing deals

11. CamCard – Business Card Reader

12. CamCard Business

13. CamCard for Salesforce

14. CamOCR

15. InNote

16. VooV Meeting – Tencent Video Conferencing

17. Super Clean – Master of Cleaner, Phone Booster

18. WeChat reading

19. Government WeChat

20. Small Q brush

21. Pitu

22. WeChat Work

23. Cyber Hunter

24. Cyber Hunter Lite

25. Knives Out-No rules, just fight!

26. Super Mecha Champions

27. LifeAfter

28. Dawn of Isles

29. Ludo World-Ludo Superstar

30. Chess Rush

31. PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik

32. PUBG MOBILE LITE

33. Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade

34. Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon

35. Dank Tanks

36. Warpath

37. Game of Sultans

38. Gallery Vault – Hide Pictures And Videos

39. Smart AppLock (App Protect)

40. Tencent Weiyun

41. Hide App-Hide Application Icon

42. AppLock

43. AppLock Lite

44. Dual Space – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner

45. ZAKZAK Pro – Live chat & video chat online

46. ZAKZAK LIVE: live-streaming & video chat app

47. Music – Mp3 Player

48. Music Player – Audio Player & 10 Bands Equalizer

49. HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera

50. Cleaner – Phone Booster

51. Web Browser & Fast Explorer

52. Video Player All Format for Android

53. Photo Gallery HD & Editor

54. Photo Gallery & Album

55. Music Player – Bass Booster – Free Download

56. HD Camera – Beauty Cam with Filters & Panorama

57. HD Camera Pro & Selfie Camera

58. Music Player – MP3 Player & 10 Bands Equalizer

59. Gallery HD

60. Web Browser – Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer

61. Web Browser – Secure Explorer

62. Music player – Audio Player

63. Video Player – All Format HD Video Player

64. Lamour Love All Over The World

65. Amour- video chat & call all over the world.

66. MV Master – Make Your Status Video & Community

67. MV Master – Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor

68. APUS Message Center-Intelligent management

69. LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers

70. Carrom Friends : Carrom Board & Pool Game-

71. Ludo All Star- Play Online Ludo Game & Board Games

72. Bike Racing : Moto Traffic Rider Bike Racing Games

73. Rangers Of Oblivion : Online Action MMO RPG Game

74. Z Camera – Photo Editor, Beauty Selfie, Collage

75. GO SMS Pro – Messenger, Free Themes, Emoji

76. U-Dictionary: Oxford Dictionary Free Now Translate

77. Ulike – Define your selfie in trendy style

78. Tantan – Date For Real

79. MICO Chat: New Friends Banaen aur Live Chat karen

80. Kitty Live – Live Streaming & Video Live Chat

81. Malay Social Dating App to Date & Meet Singles

82. Alipay

83. AlipayHK

84. Mobile Taobao

85. Youku

86. Road of Kings- Endless Glory

87. Sina News

88. Netease News

89. Penguin FM

90. Murderous Pursuits

92. Tencent Watchlist (Tencent TechnologyLearn Chinese AI-Super Chinese

93. HUYA LIVE – Game Live Stream

94. Little Q Album

95. Fighting Landlords – Free and happy Fighting Landlords

96. Hi Meitu

97. Mobile Legends: Pocket

98. VPN for TikTok

99. VPN for TikTok

100. Penguin E-sports Live assistant

101. Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices

102. iPick

103. Beauty Camera Plus – Sweet Camera & Face Selfie

104. Parallel Space Lite – Dual App

105. “Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC

106. MARVEL Super War NetEase Games

107. AFK Arena

108. Creative Destruction NetEase Games

109. Crusaders of Light NetEase Games

110.Mafia City Yotta Games

111. Onmyoji NetEase Games

112. Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games

113. Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese

114. Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded

115. Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games

116. Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games

117. Soul Hunters

118. Rules of Survival

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