Government gives an update regarding blocking Chinese mobile apps

In February, 49 apps were re-blocked after it was found that they have been re-launched after rebranding of earlier blocked apps

The government so far has blocked 320 mobile applications under a provision of the Information Technology Act to ensure a safe, trustworthy and accountable internet for all its users, as informed to Parliament on Wednesday. In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Parkash also said that these mobile applications have been blocked in the interest of sovereignty, integrity, defence and security of the state.

In February, 49 apps were re-blocked after it was found that they have been re-launched after rebranding of earlier blocked apps, he said.

“In line with the objective to ensure a safe, trustworthy and accountable internet for all its users, the government has so far blocked 320 mobile applications under the provision of section 69A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000,” Parkash said.