The government sent notices to continue the ban on Chinese Apps, including Tiktok
Before its ban, TikTok was one of the top 10 apps on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store with as many as 119 million active users in India.
"We continually strive to comply with local laws and regulations and do our best to address any concerns the government may have. Ensuring the privacy and security of all our users remains to be our topmost priority," the spokesperson further added.
In June, the government had blocked 59 Chinese apps and 118 more apps, including PUBG mobile game, in September. The Ministry of Information Technology had blocked the apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act after learning that the apps are engaged in activities that are prejudicial to India's sovereignty and integrity, defense of India, the security of the state, and public order.
In a statement, India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology asserted that the applications were "stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users' data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India," according to the executive order.
The US also issued orders to ban popular Chinese social media apps TikTok and WeChat to safeguard national security, weeks after India banned them, saying they were prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity, and security of the country.
Trump said that India has banned using more than 200 Chinese connected software applications throughout the country.
The United States assessed that several Chinese connected software applications automatically capture vast swaths of information from millions of users in the United States, including sensitive personally identifiable information and private information, which would allow the Chinese Army and the Chinese Community Party access to Americans' personal and proprietary information.