New Delhi: The process of banning mobile apps in India is going on by the government and now 348 apps have been banned. The reason for banning apps developed by China and other countries is said to be sending data of users to other countries.
The government has given information about banning the apps in response to the questions asked in the monsoon session of the Lok Sabha.
Information about apps ban given in Lok Sabha
The apps have been banned by the Ministry of Electronics and Information and the reason for this is related to data security.
Union Minister Rajiv Chandrashekhar, in response to a question asked by Rodmal Nagar in the Lok Sabha, said that 348 apps have been identified and banned. The question was whether any apps sending data to other countries have been identified or banned by the Government of India .
Apps considered a threat to national security
It has been claimed by the government that these apps were sending data of Indian users to servers located in other countries.
Also, these apps have been considered a threat to the security and integrity of the country apart from user data. Let us tell you, the government has earlier set strict rules for apps and they have been asked to store data on Indian servers.
Battlegrounds Mobile India game also banned
Information about the ban on more than 300 apps has come to the fore after the Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) game was banned in the past.
After the ban, the game has been removed from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. After the ban on PUBG Mobile in India in September 2020, the BGMI game was launched as its India-only version. This game was also banned due to concerns related to data security.
Game ban under old rules
In the government circular, the ministry has said that the action to ban BGMI has been taken due to concerns related to data sharing with China.
According to news agency Reuters , in the year 2020, the government banned 118 apps including PUBG Mobile under Section 69A of the IT Act and Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) is also banned with the same rules.
Government withdraws Data Protection Bill
The Data Protection Bill was introduced in the House on December 11, 2019 by the Ministry of Information Technology, which has now been withdrawn.
The purpose of the bill was to protect the use and sharing of personal data of an individual and to build trust between the company using the personal data.
The decision to withdraw the bill was taken after the proposal of Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnav and about 81 amendments will be made in it.