The Indian government on Wednesday blocked 118 more mobile applications, including PUBG, in the interest of “sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, the security of the state and public order” invoking Section 69 of the Information Technology Act.
As border tensions between India and China increasing rapidly, India’s Ministry of Information and Technology has issued another list banning 118 Chinese mobile apps from the Indian market. This time it includes Tencent’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).
“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 since in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of a state and public order,” the Ministry said in an official release.
The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre under the Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps, said the statement. “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,” it added.
In June this year, India banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including TikTok, UC Browser, Weibo, Baidu Map, and Baidu Translate. They are said to prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity, and security of the country.