BREAKING | India bans 59 Chinese mobile apps, orders phone companies to block them

June 29, 2020: In a huge move, the Central government on Monday decided to ban 59 mobile applications linked to China on grounds of national security.

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June 29, 2020: In a huge move, the Central government on Monday decided to ban 59 mobile applications linked to China on grounds of national security.

The government said it has banned 59 apps "which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.

A formal order, asking phone companies to block the applications, was issued after weeks of discussions that started much before the Ladakh border standoff with China.

According to the reports, Indian intelligence agencies had been pushing for restrictions on the mobile applications on grounds that the apps were designed to extract data and park them outside the country where they could be used to intrude into the privacy of citizens.

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