India Bans Garena Free Fire, App Lock, Sweet Selfie HD, and 51 More Chinese Apps for Security Reasons

India Bans 54 Chinese applications available on the Google Play Store in India as the Government passes an order to restrict them due to data security threats. The government has taken these measures as they have found these applications linked with China that might pose a threat for the nation. The list of banned applications includes a few most popular games and tools developed by big Chinese companies. 

Previously, the government has banned a lot of Chinese applications in the same way for security issues in May 2020. The count of the banned Chinese applications since the first ban has increased to 300+ after the border issues between both countries. Google has temporarily blocked access to these applications after the Government’s order on the ban. 

54 Chinese Applications Banned in India

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has banned these applications under section 69A of the IT Act, 2000 in India. As per the law, Section 69A will provide access for the Indian government to ban any service that differs from the “sovereignty and integrity” of India. The government has stated that these applications pose a threat to the country due to the data that these applications collect with the permission of Indian smartphone users. 

The government has revealed that these 54 newly banned applications have collected sensitive data from smartphone users in India by misusing the permissions obtained. Furthermore, these applications have carried out Espionage and Surveillance activities. As per the government’s statement, these applications have conducted malicious activities by accessing the camera, mic, and GPS signals.

These applications as per the reports; collect sensitive real-time data from the users and transfer them to their servers located in China. Although, the Govt. Of India has banned many applications last year, they have given comeback in India by rebranding themselves. One such application from the lot includes the PUBG game that made a comeback as BGMI

The latest banned list includes some of the most popular applications in the country such as Free Fire from Tencent, beauty apps like the Sweet Selfie HD, Beauty Camera, and other tools applications such as Viva Video Editor, AppLock, and Dual Space Lite. 

Full List of Banned 54 Applications in India

  1. AppLock
  2. APUS Security HD (Pad Version)
  3. Astracraft
  4. Badlanders
  5. Barcode Scanner – QR Code Scan
  6. Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera
  7. Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD
  8. CamCard for SalesForce Ent
  9. Conquer Online
  10. Conquer Online – MMORPG Game
  11. CuteU Pro
  12. CuteU: Match With The World
  13. Dual Space – 32Bit Support
  14. Dual Space – 64Bit Support
  15. Dual Space Lite – Multiple Accounts & Clone App
  16. Dual Space Pro – 32Bit Support
  17. Dual Space Pro – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
  18. DualSpace Lite – 32Bit Support
  19. Equalizer – Bass Booster & Volume EQ & Virtualizer
  20. Equalizer & Bass Booster – Music Volume EQ
  21. Equalizer Pro – Volume Booster & Bass Booster
  22. EVE Echoes
  23. Extraordinary Ones
  24. FancyU – Video Chat & Meetup
  25. FancyU pro – Instant Meetup through Video chat!
  26. FunChat Meet People Around You
  27. Garena Free Fire – Illuminate
  28. Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite
  29. Lica Cam – selfie camera app
  30. Live Weather & Radar – Alerts
  31. MoonChat: Enjoy Video Chats
  32. MP3 Cutter – Ringtone Maker & Audio Cutter
  33. Music Player – Equalizer & MP3
  34. Music Player – MP3 Player
  35. Music Player – Music, MP3 Player
  36. Music Plus – MP3 Player
  37. Nice video baidu
  38. Notes – Color Notepad, Notebook
  39. Onmyoji Arena
  40. Onmyoji Chess
  41. Parallel Space Lite 32 Support
  42. RealU Lite -video to live!
  43. RealU: Go Live, Make Friends
  44. Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
  45. SmallWorld-Enjoy groupchat and video chat
  46. Stick Fight: The Game Mobile
  47. Tencent Xriver
  48. Twilight Pioneers
  49. UU Game Booster-network solution for high ping
  50. Video Player Media All Format
  51. Viva Video Editor – Snack Video Maker with Music
  52. Voice Recorder & Voice Changer
  53. Volume Booster – Loud Speaker & Sound Booster
  54. Wink: Connect Now

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