Over the last few days, the Indian government has announced that a massive 59 apps developed in China will be banned in the country.
This means that Indian people will no longer be able to download these apps or use them inside India's borders.
The announcement has come as something as a shock and includes many high profile games from Chinese publishing giant Tencent, as well as popular social media platform, TikTok.
Luckily for PUBG players, though, PUBG Mobile remains untouched – for now.
It's one of few massively popular Chinese apps that has managed to avoid being banned in the region in this first wave, but there may be more bans to come.
“The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking its 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 59 apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order," reads a statement from the Indian government.
“Over the last few years, India has emerged as a leading innovator when it comes to technological advancements and a primary market in the digital space.
“At the same time, there have been raging concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians.
“It has been noted recently that such concerns also pose a threat to sovereignty and security of our country."
At the time of writing, it's unclear if the announcement means the Indian App Store and Indian Google Play Store will remove the apps from sale, or whether they'll just be banned in the country on paper.
The Indian government cites data concerns and privacy complaints as one of the main reasons for enacting the ban.
“The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside 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.
"On the basis of these and upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such Apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the Government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices."
“The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures.”
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