MeitY has blocked 224 mobile apps in interest of national security: IT ministry

by Times of India

NEW DELHI: The IT ministry has blocked 224 mobile apps in the interest of

national security

and sovereignty, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.

“The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has blocked 224 mobile applications, including TikTok, Helo and

WeChat

under the provisions of section 69A of the

Information Technology Act, 2000

in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India and security of State,” Minister of State for Electronics and IT

Sanjay Dhotre

said in a written reply in

the Lok Sabha

.

He said these apps have been blocked on national security concerns and thus “linkage with any country may not be disclosed in public domain”.

In response to another question, Dhotre said blocking of apps for public access is a dynamic process.

In June, the government had banned 59 Chinese applications, including TikTok, UC Browser, SHAREit, WeChat, CamScanner and Mi Community.

Earlier this month, 118 more mobile apps, including popular gaming app PUBG, were banned.

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