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India has banned a further 118 Chinese apps, including AliPay, Baidu, and PUBG Mobile, on grounds that they "are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order." The country's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that it …

  1. SuccessCase

    China has brought this on itself. Wherever and whenever the CCP has disliked an app or way of doing things, they have either banned it, or have ensured key parts of the data operation have been moved to China.

    They now can’t complain when other countries treat them the same way.

    And self censorship has become a massive problem. No joint production films critical of China, ever, receive Chinese release or money. And every Chinese film has a moral in it about the individual submitting to the state or learning why it is better not to ever act against authority.

  2. CrackedNoggin

    This doesn't bode well for Huwei et el selling a non-Google Android on their phones outside of China. India was at least half that potential market (could have competed by undercutting price). Europe, Japan, Korea - no way to beat Google there. That still leaves a lot of developing countries across a few continents, but not much profitability.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    118

    We've got their number.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    device storage ~ developers headquartered in China

    "Some apps on the new list don’t seem to do much more than ask for permission to read device storage and to have developers headquartered in China."

    Well, I know that Baidu (headquartered in China) places a unque identifier on the users SDcard using the storage permission to track users:

    https://blog.appcensus.io/2019/08/13/baidu-and-salmonads-saving-imei-on-the-filesystem/

    Some more worrying facts by Citizen Lab:

    https://citizenlab.ca/2016/02/privacy-security-issues-baidu-browser/

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