Amid ban by Indian govt, TikTok denies sharing user data with China

NITI Aayog CEO Says Apps Should Adhere to India's Data Integrity Privacy Sovereignty and Transparency

"Ensuring the privacy and security of all our users in India remains our utmost priority".

The vast majority of other apps including Alibaba Group's UC Browser and UC News as well as e-commerce service Club Factory that India blocked on Monday evening remain available for download on the marquee app stores, suggesting that Google and Apple are yet to comply with New Delhi's direction.

"There have been raging concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians", the statement said, and added that "it has been noted recently that such concerns also pose a threat to sovereignty and security of our country".

On Tuesday, the head of TikTok India issued a statement saying the firm has "not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government".

India shares U.S. unease about growing Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean and New Delhi has bolstered defence cooperation with Washington as well as Australia and Japan.

TikTok on Tuesday denied sharing users' data with the Chinese government, after India banned the wildly popular app as ties with Beijing deteriorate sharply following a deadly border clash.

Border tensions between the two countries have existed for over seven decades. Nikhil Gandhi, who oversees TikTok's operations in India, said the firm was "in the process" of complying with India's order and was looking forward to engage with lawmakers in the nation to assuage their concerns. It is expected to sponsor data localization legislation later this year.

India is one of TikTok's largest markets.

The list of apps that have been banned includes the likes of TikTok which has been banned in India in the past as well.

TikTok app has been installed about 2 billion times globally, according to mobile insights firm Sensor Tower.

India's Minister for Electronics and Information Technology and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the step was taken for "safety, security, defence, sovereignty and integrity of India". "However, the majority have parent companies which are Chinese", the official said. India is the fourth worst affected, with almost 570,000 cases and more than 16,000 deaths.

The antagonisms carry risks for India: A broader boycott could backfire if China were to retaliate by banning exports of raw materials used by India's pharmaceutical industry.

"Chinese investors are going to become very wary of investing in India".

She urged the "Indian side to change its discriminatory practices, maintain the momentum of China-India economic and trade cooperation, treat all investments and service providers equally, and create an open, fair and just business environment, while bearing in mind the fundamental interests of both sides and the overall interests of bilateral relations".



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