India's emergency order banning 59 Chinese apps is not final. Sources say the electronics and IT ministry will allow the banned Chinese apps to submit clarifications. TikTok says it has been invited by the government to explain its data protection protocols.
Government sources say the 59 Chinese apps identified as posing possible threats to India’s sovereignty and security will be allowed to explain their data use and privacy policies as per procedure -- ban to be finalised thereafter.
Government sources clarify that the ban on 59 Chinese apps is interim in nature because certain procedures still need to be followed. Procedures include giving these companies an opportunity to explain their data use and privacy policies and the ban will be formalised thereafter.
Naveen Tewari of InMobi discussed about the interim ban on 59 Chinese apps.
“Digital atmanirbharta is mostly based on the fact that we as India our borders are always very porous when it comes to digital platform and our own systems in India were not as large enough for home-grown digital platforms to become very large therefore influx of those coming in without any borders are coming into the country.”