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NEW DELHI (dpa-AFX) – India has banned the social network TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps. Security concerns were given as the reason. The Indian Ministry of Information Technology has received several reports that user data is misused by some of these apps and transferred to servers outside the country, according to a statement. TikTok and the affected apps are no longer in the meantime Google Play Find Store and Apple App Store in India.
“The compilation of this data, its targeted analysis and profiling by elements hostile to India’s national security and defense – which ultimately affects India’s sovereignty and integrity – is a very deep matter and an urgent concern that calls for emergency measures.” , it said.
Tensions between the two most populous countries in the world had increased in recent weeks. Recently, at least 20 Indian soldiers died in an escalation on the common border in the Himalayas. On the Indian side, there was increasing pressure on the government to crack down on China. Some Indian trade associations have called for boycotting Chinese goods.
TikTok has one of its largest markets in India, the platform is very popular and has more than 100 million users. TikTok said the service complies with all data protection laws in India and does not share data with the Chinese government. According to the announcement, TikTok has been invited by the Indian government to resolve the situation./asg/DP/zb