Last month India banned 59 Chinese apps from use within its borders, with TikTok being one of the most high-profile to be listed.
The ban resulted from increasing tensions between the two nations, with India wanting to safeguard the data and privacy of its citizen before a controversial new law was introduced in China, impacting those residing in Hong Kong in particular.
According to reports, the Indian government is not content with banning the aforementioned 59 apps, with the Economic Times noting that a further 275 Chinese apps could be banned under similar safeguarding measures.
“Some of these apps have been red-flagged due to security reasons while others have been listed for violation of data sharing and privacy concerns,” a spokesperson told Economic Times.
The publication has glossed over the new list of potentially banned apps, and there are some notable additions included, such as AliExpress from Alibaba and Tencent-backed PUBG.
As such, it looks like quite a few consumers in the country could be impacted by this ban.
It also appears as if the Indian government will be aiming to formalise this process, with a framework for such decisions being developed at the moment.
“A set of rules or defined procedures may take time but is the correct process to go about it in the future,” the spokesperson noted.
“There is a process involved, there is a committee in place for such ban orders. If there is such an order, then MeitY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) will act,” they added.
While it still remains to be seen if the Indian government will follow through with its proposed plan to ban a massive amount of Chinese apps, but it is clear that tensions between the two BRICS nations show no signs of lessening at this stage.
How other BRICS nations, of which South Africa is one, will be handling Chinese apps, is unclear at this stage.