India on Monday banned dozens of Chinese apps including TikTok, pointing to privacy and security concerns, a move that comes less than two weeks after a deadly skirmish along the border of the two nations.
The Ministry of Electronics & IT said that the 59 apps were “engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, and security of state and public order.”
“The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues,” the Indian government agency also said.
The bans are the latest digital standoff between the world’s two most populous countries.
They also come a few weeks after more than 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese forces in the Himalayas.
It is not immediately clear how the ban will be implemented or how it will affect app stores.
The Hill has reached out to TikTok for comment. The app has 119 million active users in India.