Chinese Apps Banned in India

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Our App is Not a Spyware, Defends SHAREit

Shareit banned in India
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After the recent Defence Ministry directive to personnel of the Indian armed forces, popular file-transfer app, SHAREit, has defended itself. The app’s developers urged that it is not a malicious spyware or a threat to the national security.

SHAREit shared its willingness to interact with the government officials over the issue and reach a positive conclusion. The company also said that it has partnered with Amazon AWS cloud platform to provide secure services to users worldwide.


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Truecaller Issues Clarification in Response to Recent Intelligence Bureau Advisory

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A recent advisory from the  Intelligence Bureau (IB) asked the Indian troops to delete 40 Chinese apps like WeChat, Truecaller, Weibo, UC Browser and UC News, etc from their smartphones or format their devices altogether.

In response to the advisory, Truecaller has now issued a statement claiming that it’s a Sweden-based company and added that the company wasn’t sure why the app was on the advisory list. “Truecaller is not a malware, and all our features are permission based and are disabled by default”, the statement read.

The advisory alleges that foreign intelligence agencies from China and Pakistan were using these apps to hack into the smartphones being used by the Indian troops.


Indian Armed Forces Ordered To Uninstall Chinese Apps From Their Phones

According to reports, Indian Armed Forces have been ordered to uninstall 42 Chinese apps (some reports say 40) from their mobile phones, which includes some of the most popular social media messaging and communication apps. An advisory issued by the Home Ministry has reportedly warned all defense personnel of a potential cyber attack from Chinese hackers and the ban comes into effect immediately.

Examples of Chinese Apps Banned

The list of apps that the Indian armed forces have been ordered to uninstall includes:

  • Truecaller
  • Shareit
  • WeChat
  • UC Browser
  • UC News
  • Mi Store
  • Mi Community
  • Mi Video call
  • Clean Master, etc.

Courtesy: Beebom

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