The Government of India has issued an order to ban 54 Chinese apps, with the reason that these apps pose a serious threat to the national security of the country.
The list of banned apps include - Sweet Selfie HD, Beauty Camera - Selfie Camera, Garena Free Fire - Illuminate, Viva Video Editor, Tencent Xriver, Onmyoji Arena, AppLock and Dual Space Lite.
In June of 2021, the Government had banned 59 Chinese apps citing the same reason. These apps included the widely used TikTok app, WeChat, Helo among others.
"These 54 apps allegedly obtain various critical permissions and collects sensitive user data. These collected real-time data are being misused and transmitted to servers located in hostile country," the government has stated.
In total 321 Chinese apps have been blocked since the border tensions emerged in 2020 between India and China.