Indian intelligence agencies proposed the PM Narendra Modi to block or issue advisories against the use of 52 mobile apps that are linked to China. The agencies are concerned that these apps extract huge amounts of data from Indian users, and aren’t safe to use.

While there is no official statement yet on whether the government will act on this, the decision might be a tricky one because the list includes some apps that are wildly popular and frequently used in India. Some of these apps, such as TikTok, SHAREit, Bigo Live, Club Factory, Shein, and Helo are also major contributors to India’s virtual economy.

The India-China border conflict has taken an online turn

Already, the tension on the borders has started hurting Chinese companies operating in India. On June 17, Chinese smartphone brand Oppo cancelled the launch in India.

A bunch of other names on the list is niche apps that may not be as widely known but have many takers. Here are the apps that Indian intelligence agencies want Indians to stay away.

Social Media

  • TikTok
  • Vigo Video
  • Bigo Live
  • Weibo
  • WeChat
  • Helo
  • LIKE

E-Commerce

  • ClubFactory
  • ROMWE
  • SHEIN

Beauty Apps

  • BeautyPlus
  • Photo Wonder
  • YouCam Makeup
  • Perfect Corp
  • SelfieCity
  • Wonder Camera

File Sharing

  • SHAREit
  • Xender

Browsers

  • UC Browser
  • APUS Browser
  • CM Browser
  • DU Browser.

News Aggregator

  • UC News
  • NewsDog

Xiaomi

  • Mi Video Call
  • Mi Community
  • Mi Store

Tencent

  • QQ International
  • QQ Launcher
  • QQ Security Centre
  • QQ Player
  • QQ Music
  • QQ Mail
  • QQ Newsfeed
  • WeSync

Tools

  • Vault-Hide
  • VivaVideo
  • Virus Cleaner
  • DU Recorder
  • Baidu Translate
  • Baidu Map
  • Mail Master
  • Parallel Space
  • DU Privacy
  • 360 Security
  • DU Battery Saver
  • DU Cleaner
  • DU Privacy
  • Clean Master
  • CacheClear
  • Clash of Kings
  • ES File Explorer

Source: Quartz

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