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Central govt bans 118 mobile apps including PUBG

The government of India on Wednesday banned 118 more Chinese mobile apps, including the popular game PUBG.

The action has been taken as these apps “are engaged in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in a statement that the mobile game has been banned along with the other Apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, on grounds that ‘they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order’.

The government received many complaints from various sources, including reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms, for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers located outside India, it said further.

“The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” it added.

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