India prohibited 43 mobile applications on Tuesday including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s e-commerce app Aliexpress in another influx of web sanctions focused on China with whom it is involved in a long stalemate regarding a Himalayan border site. India has previously prohibited more than 170 apps stating they collect and share users’ data that could pose a threat to the state.
“Ministry of electronics and information technology has issued the order for blocking the access of these apps by users in India based on the comprehensive reports received from Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center, ministry of home affairs,” it said in an official statement.
The 43 dominantly Chinese applications, which additionally incorporate some dating applications, undermine the “sovereignty and integrity of India.” the technology ministry added.
The moves, which India’s technology minister has prior alluded to as a “digital strike”, come after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese soldiers at a contested Himalayan border site in June.
In related news, earlier in June, the government impeded access to 59 applications and in September, 118 applications were prohibited on national security concerns, including the tremendously famous PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile, Baidu, and a couple of virtual private networks (VPNs) that permitted admittance to TikTok that was before restricted.
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