Indian intel agencies red-flag 52 Chinese apps including TikTok, UC Browser

Indian intelligence agencies have asked the government to block or advise people to stop use of 52 mobile applications linked to China over concerns that these weren’t safe and ended up extracting a large amount of data outside India.

According to reports, this list of apps with links to China is supported by the National Security Council Secretariat that feels that these applications ‘could be detrimental to India’s security”.

The list of applications includes popular tools that are used by lots of people in the country. These Chinese apps include TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser, Xender, and Clean Master, among many others.

The list that was reportedly prepared in April also includes some commonly used apps such as UC Browser, Xender, SHAREit and Clean-master. Shopping portals such as Shein and Club Factory and gaming apps such as Clash of the Kings have also made it to the list, as per the news site.

The list of apps has been endorsed by the National Security Council Secretariat. The reasons to zero in on these apps are mostly privacy-related. Intel services cited reports that such apps extract a large amount of data.

As per the report, a senior government official also said that the recommendations of the intelligence agencies against these Chinese apps had been supported by the National Security Council Secretariat, which felt that the apps could be detrimental to the country’s security.

The Chinese apps are listed as follows. TikTok, Vault-Hide, Vigo Video, Bigo Live, Weibo, WeChat, SHAREit, UC News, UC Browser, BeautyPlus, Xender, ClubFactory, Helo, LIKE, Kwai, ROMWE, SHEIN, NewsDog, Photo Wonder, APUS Browser, VivaVideo- QU Video Inc, Perfect Corp, CM Browser, and Virus Cleaner (Hi Security Lab).

Mi Community, DU recorder, YouCam Makeup, Mi Store, 360 Security, DU Battery Saver, DU Browser, DU Cleaner, DU Privacy, Clean Master – Cheetah, CacheClear DU apps studio, Baidu Translate, Baidu Map, Wonder Camera, ES File Explorer, QQ International, QQ Launcher, QQ Security Centre, QQ Player, QQ Music, QQ Mail, QQ NewsFeed, WeSync, SelfieCity, Clash of Kings, Mail Master, Mi Video call-Xiaomi, and Parallel Space are also in the list.