TikTok, SHAREit, UC Browser and other Chinese application companies that were blocked by India on Monday will be heard by a government panel within 48 hours. The 59 Chinese application companies will be investigated into the charges of alleged unauthorised use of user data.
The hearing of the blocked application companies will be carried out by a committee. The committee comprises Income Tax, Home Ministry, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B), law ministry, and the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) officials.
Meanwhile, Google has removed all the banned applications from the Play Store. According to sources, TikTok has taken down the app from Play Store on its own.
The development has come just a few hours after the Indian government announced a ban on a total of 59 applications, with Chinese links, amid border tensions with China in Ladakh that escalated after a violent, fatal face-off between the Indian and Chinese armies on June 15.
As per the government press release, announcing the ban on the 59 Chinese apps, in view of the “emergent nature of threats”, the Indian government has decided to block 59 apps since…they are engaged in activities which is “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
“The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order,” the order said.
Meanwhile, TikTok on Tuesday said it is in the process of complying with the government’s order on blocking of the app, and asserted that it has not shared information of Indian users with any foreign government, including that of China.
The short video-sharing company said it has been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications.