India Bans 59 Chinese Apps, Including TikTok and WeChat

Issue 25

06.29.20 - Following a bloody border clash between India and China that has left 20 Indian soldiers dead, the Indian government announced that it is banning 59 Chinese Software Applications.

The government declared that the action was a step towards ensuring safety and sovereignty of the nation’s cyberspace.

Among the popular applications that have been blocked include TikTok, WeChat, UC Browser, Shareit, Helo, UC News, Kwai and Baidu Map, according to a statement made by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Tik Tok is also a popular App in the United States with over 45 million users in the US according to early 2020 reports. The App has sparked recent concern regarding it’s data collection practices in the west as well as it’s parent company, Byte Dance’s level of cooperation with the CCP.

It is currently unclear the extent of the data that is being collected by the company on US consumers. It is however surprising that the FTC or Congress has not yet opened an investigation or inquiry into a company that may potentially be participating in massive surveillance on US consumers with links to a foreign power.

Source: Wall Street Journal