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Why India’s TikTok ban could help establish it as a major player in the tech world… and cause big problems for the Chinese

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Amid rising tensions between India and China over the recent border confrontation and subsequent military build-up, the Indian government has banned 59 Chinese apps, including top social-media platforms such as TikTok, Helo and WeChat, citing threats they pose to the country’s “sovereignty and security.”

Specifically, there have been reports of misuse of users’ private data by certain apps, which transmitted the data to servers outside India, including to the Chinese government – claims TikTok has strongly denied.

A government statement said that the “mining and profiling” of data by elements hostile to national security, and safeguarding the privacy of 1.3 billion Indians were taken very seriously, and required “emergency measures.” While arguments have been raised on the legality of the move under international trade laws, experts believe that such measures are permissible since national security is difficult to challenge in a court of law.

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