The ministry of Information and Technology has banned popular mobile game player unknowns battle grounds (PUBG) along with 118 other mobile applications. The Indian Government claims these applications “engaged in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
The decision to ban these chinese applications came after the government recieved complaints from various sources regarding the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms, for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers located outside India.
Earlier, India banned 59 chinese apps including popular micro-video sharing app TikTok. These apps were banned in light of the ongoing hostility between the Indian and the Chinese troops over border issues. China backed Apps have faced major scrutiny globally and the rising concerns around the security and data being shared with others have fueled a global call for boycott.
“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,” it said.