However, Chinese companies resorted to "Lite»Application versions and found a way to bypass the ban in India. But this seems to be ending, as the government decided to ban additional applications and have already been removed from its official stores Apple and Google.
The Hindustan Times reported that the applications identified by officials were Hello Lite, ShareIt Lite, Bigo Lite and VFY Lite. Lite applications were found to be promoted as an alternative to the major versions, both in Google Play Store as well as in Apple App Store.
People familiar with the matter say that the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has written a letter to the members concerned regarding this action, foreshadowing the new ban from India. According to the information, the Ministry of Informatics warned them saying that «finding an alternative and activation of applications on the respective platforms will attract criminal action as it violates the provisions of Informatics and other relevant laws. "
This comes after the speech of the Minister of Electronics and Informatics, at virtual meeting of the Ministers of Digital Economy on Wednesday. Said that "digital platforms should be held accountable for prevailing concerns, such as the defense, privacy and security of the countries in which they operate. "
He added that in addition to the ban, India will soon pass a law on the Protection of Personnel Data to address all concerns related to privacy, while at the same time making the data available for further development.
If you are detoxing from the internet or living under a rock, the Indian government has banned applications from Chinese-based companies in India, such as TikTok, ShareIt, Helo, Like, UC Browser and 53 other applications, some time ago.
Invoking its provisions Law 69A IT, India on 29 June stated that the applications constitute threatening for the security of the country, and stressed that the ban was not made overnight, as they repeatedly received complaints of data misuse on servers located far outside the country.