Thursday, October 6, 2022

Banning Chinese Apps Is A Knee-Jerk Reaction, What We Actually Need Is A Strong Policy Framework

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India has included more Chinese apps in the list of banned apps recently. The list now includes a popular gaming app such as Free Fire over security concerns. Free Fire is one the most popular mobile gaming apps.

There are many others also on the list such as Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD, Beauty Camera – Selfie Camera, Equalizer & Bass Booster, CamCard for SalesForce Ent, Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite, Viva Video Editor, Tencent Xriver, Onmyoji Chess, Onmyoji Arena, AppLock and Dual Space Lite. The recent move is just an extension of the earlier ban last year on apps such as PUBG Mobile, TikTok, Weibo, WeChat and AliExpress.

What is the concern?

There are many analysts feel that the the very reason behind banning these apps is the allegation that they may share users’ data illegally to servers that are located outside the geographical boundaries of India.

There are also concerns related to the compilation and mining of this data by hostile entities may prove to be fatal. It is indeed a matter of very deep and immediate concern but it can be handled with a measured response.

What we need is a strong policy framework

Analysts feel it would be better for the government to lay down a law that all such existing apps can only be allowed to function if they store data within the country.

Many experts believe that banning apps is just a knee-jerk reaction. What we actually require is a strong technology regulation framework that safeguards national and security interests. We will not have to worry about anything once our safeguard mechanism is in place but that requires a lot of thoughts and concerted efforts. We should also consider that once an app is banned, their operations in the country also take a nosedive directly impacting employment opportunities. A lot of content creators also face challenges when apps are banned.

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