The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has issued a list of 59 Chinese apps that are now banned in the country. It's not clear at this moment how the list of apps was created, and civil society groups like the Internet Freedom Foundation say that this ban might not be proper use of Section 69A of the IT Act. This isn't the first time TikTok was been banned in the country - the app was blocked on the Play Store and App Store previous year, but was reinstated a few months later.
The National Security Council Secretariat had reportedly supported the advisory (sent out by intelligence agencies) and agreed these apps were a threat to India's security. "This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace", the ministry said. Citing security issues, the Indian government is now enforcing a wholesale ban on Chinese apps like TikTok, ShareIt, and other services. New Delhi said there were casualties on the Chinese side, but Beijing has not released any figures.
In a statement, India's ministry of information technology said the apps are 'prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.
The ministry says that several complaints of data theft and privacy violation led to the decision to ban the 59 apps - though no date for the ban to take effect has been confirmed. Thus, general speculation is that apps like these contain spyware are may be used for tracking and stealing sensitive information from users, and also be used for downplaying them in critical situations.
They added that compilation, mining and platforming of this data was "a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures".
NASA releases 10-year time lapse of the Sun
NASA has released a video, embedded below, that shows it in a way you probably have never seen, and maybe never even imagined. The dark frames in the video are caused by Earth or the Moon eclipsing SDO as they pass between the spacecraft and the sun.