Few days after India officially banned 59 apps owned by Chinese companies or developers, more countries like United States and Australia are also looking at putting a ban on apps owned by China. These apps were banned by the India Government amid its border tension with China, over the concern of national security and possibility of data sharing with Chinese Government.
United States’ Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, recently said that the United States is “certainly looking at” banning Chinese apps. He said, “I don’t want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it’s something we’re looking at”. He said the U.S. administration is “taking this very seriously”.
In China, the National Intelligence Law of 2017 governs all technology companies that are either based in China or are under Chinese ownership. This law obligates all businesses to share all the information that the Chinese Government might ask for, and this has been repeatedly criticized by U.S. politicians as being a national security threat.
An unnamed Federal MP of Australia as quoted in the News18, has stated plans to put for banning of TikTok before the Foreign Interference through social media senate inquiry, over fear that the app is sharing user data with the Government of China.
The order to ban those 59 Chinese apps in India was given by the Ministry of Information Technology, through an order issued 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, stating that those apps are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order”. It included famous apps like TikTok, Helo, Likee, CamScanner, Mi Video Call, Vigo Club Factory, Shein, Clash of Kings, etc.