Hours after being banned from the Indian cyberspace, TikTok issued a ‘clarification’ to the Indian government stressing the fact that the app has followed all the privacy and security requirements under the Indian law.
Following increasing border tensions at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China, the former has banned 59 Chinese apps in the country. The move has been carried out by the Government of India in order to ensure and safeguard the sovereignty of the Indian cyberspace. Popular apps like TikTok, Shein, Shareit, etc have been included in the list.
TikTok has reiterated that it has never shared any information of its Indian users with foreign governments including the Chinese government.
“The government of India has issued an interim order for the blocking of 59 apps, including TikTok, and we are in the process of complying with it. We have been invited to meet with government stakeholders concerned for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications,”. – Nikhil Gandhi, Head of TikTok, India, stated
“TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information about our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government. Further, if we are requested to in the future we would not do so. We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity,” he further added.
TikTok is a video sharing app that has made content creation easy for Indian users by making it available in 14 Indian languages. It has totally revolutionized the world of artists, storytellers, and vloggers.
Last night, the Indian Government issued an interim ban on 59 Chinese apps, ranging from eCommerce platforms like Club Factory and Shein to video calling apps like Mi Video Call.
The ban on the apps is applicable for Android smartphones as well as Apple iPhones. The notification stating the ban was issued by the Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India, under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009.