India permanently bans 59 Chinese apps including Shein, Club Factory
After border tensions between India and China have risen once again, Indian authorities have issued a permanent ban on apps, ranging from fashion apps to messaging apps, close to seven months after issuing show-cause notices to ban them, ET Tech reported.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology sent new notices to the apps in question last week to ask for clarifications on a number of security issues and the MeitY was not satisfied with their answers. MeitY thus decided to change the temporary block on the apps to a permanent block.
The apps were blocked back in July, 2020 under section 69 A of the Information Technology Act and relevant provisions under IT rules, 2009. In September, 2020 the government went on to ban 118 more apps, also due to security issues.
In November, the government blocked 43 more Chinese mobile apps in the country, including shopping website AliExpress, which retails a multi-brand selection of clothing, accessories, and electronics among other product categories.
The permanent ban has currently been applied to the original list of 59 apps. MeitY has not shared whether it also intends to make its other temporary blocks permanent.
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