Hyderabad: A day after the ban, mobile apps, including TikTok, have been taken down from Google Play Store and Apple App Store as per the orders of the Centre.
However, some experts call it an act of hypocrisy. Calling privacy a “myth”, Internet Ethics & Digital Wellness expert Anil Rachamalla says that the move is more emotional than scientific at this moment. “We as users are giving away unnecessary details and compromising privacy; not many seem concerned while doing that,” he says.
“I welcome the move, it is indeed a useful one, but banning 59 apps is just the tip of the iceberg,” says the cyber guru, adding that there are several other such apps that constantly indulge in data mining. Rachamalla questions as to why only these apps are banned while several others are also involved in data mining.
On being contacted by ‘Telangana Today’, TikTok, in an official statement, said that the company was invited to meet with the government and was given an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications.
“TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under the Indian law and has not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese,” the company said.
Though the banned apps have been removed from both App Store and Play Store for further downloads, some of them are still being allowed for usage by those who already have them downloaded. However, TikTok, the most downloaded and talked about app of them all, has been disabled completely on Tuesday, not even allowing the existing users to access their accounts.
In a country where low data prices are celebrated more widely than high atta rates are frowned upon, the banning comes as a welcome move, especially when emotions of people are high due to the June 15 incident between the Indian and Chinese troops at Galwan Valley of Ladakh.
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