The Indian government has banned 59 Chinese origin apps in India citing security reasons without specifying the duration of the ban.
The IT ministry has received many complaints regarding Chinese apps from various departments. Many of these apps have allegedly breached the standard operating procedures of operating in India and have mined data and stored them in servers overseas.
The IT Rules,2009, allows the government to take necessary action to block public access to any software or website if it felt that those operators were a threat to the security of the country. This provision has been granted by sub-section 1 of section 69A in the Information Technology Act of 2000.
Neither has the Indian government specified the duration of the ban on these apps, nor has it acknowledged banning them permanently.
Media reports suggest that these apps may not return to India soon as the soaring tensions between India and China have allegedly prompted the Indian government to implement the ban. However, since there is no official confirmation from the Indian IT ministry as to how long these 59 apps would remain banned, we cannot conclude that this ban is permanent.