FLAGGED

• Indian’s intelligence agencies have reportedly flagged 52 apps belong to China’ as being detrimental towards national security, many of which remain popular among Indian users. 52 Chinese Apps Red Flagged by Indian Intelligence Agencies
• Whole bunch of apps made and pre-bundled by India’s largest smartphone seller, Xiaomi.
• One apparent entry in the list of apps that have been flagged by Indian agencies is Zoom, the video conferencing service app or web service.

LIST

  1. 360 Security
  2. APUS Browser
  3. Baidu Map
  4. Baidu Translate
  5. BeautyPlus
  6. Bigo Live
  7. CacheClear
  8. DU apps studio
  9. Clash of Kings
  10. Clean Master – Cheetah
  11. ClubFactory
  12. CM Browser,
  13. DU Battery Saver
  14. DU Browser
  15. DU Cleaner
  16. DU Privacy
  17. DU recorder
  18. ES File Explorer,
  19. 19. Helo, Kwai, LIKE.
  20. Mail Master
  21. Mi Community
  22. Mi Store
  23. Mi Video call-Xiaomi
  24. NewsDog
  25. Parallel Space
  26. 26. Perfect Corp
  27. Photo Wonder
  28. QQ International
  29. QQ Launcher
  30. QQ Mail
  31. QQ Music
  32. QQ NewsFeed
  33. QQ Player
  34. QQ Security Centre
  35. ROMWE
  36. SelfieCity
  37. SHAREit
  38. SHEIN
  39. TikTok
  40. UC Browser
  41. UC News
  42. Vault-Hide
  43. Vigo Video
  44. Virus Cleaner (Hi Security Lab)
  45. VivaVideo- QU Video Inc
  46. WeChat
  47. Weibo
  48. WeSync
  49. Wonder Camera
  50. Xender and
  51. YouCam Makeup.

WHY

• Security concerns about apps promoted by Chinese developers have come into spotlight in lieu of rising tensions between the two countries.
• Xiaomi, Company one of the most notable household names among Chinese brands in India, recently faced the mirth when its browser was found to be collecting user data even in incognito mode.

WHAT NEXT?

• Bytedance group, China Based the makers of TikTok, Helo and other apps, have also faced consistent criticism for various data discrepancies and security lapses.
• With these apps now flagged by intelligence agencies, it remains to be seen If official action will be taken against them. As of now, all 52 of them are live on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s iOS App Store.

• The agencies have asked the government to either block these apps or issue advisory to stop people from using these apps over safety concerns.
• According to the agencies, these apps end up extracting a large amount of Indian users data and send it to servers outside the country. 52 Chinese Apps Red Flagged by Indian Intelligence Agencies