China and India are breaking up. Or so it seems. And with it, so goes the BRICS coalition. That thing is on its last legs, I would assume at this point. If they’re not shooting at its other over a rocky border in India’s north, they are now fighting over smart phone applications. India’s on offense.
On Monday, 16-year old broadcaster India TV was first to report that dozens of Chinese apps could no longer be downloaded in India, including QQ News Feed, Baidu maps, WeChat and the globally ubiquitous app TikTok.
India’s Ministry of Information Technology said the decision was based on the Information Technology Act’s concerns over spyware and other security issues by foreign app developers.
“The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India,” the Ministry of Information said in a statement today.