New Delhi | Jagran Technology Desk: Amid the calls to boycott Chinese products after the violent face-off between the Indian and Chinese soldiers at Galwan valley, which led to martyrdom of 20 Indian soldiers, reports have emerged that the Indian intelligence agencies have advised the Centre to encourage people to not use several Chinese apps, citing links to data leak.  

According to Hindustan Times report, the list of Chinese apps which have been deemed unsafe for the Indian users include already red-flagged video conferencing app ‘Zoom’, among others. The Union Home Ministry in April this year had already deemed the video conferencing app as unsafe and issued an advisory cautioning the people about the safe usage of the video meeting app.

In the advisory, the MHA had said that the app is not safe and also asked the individuals using the app to adhere to certain guidelines and security settings to safeguard themselves from hackers. The Home Ministry's came weeks after the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) issued an advisory on the safety issues of the video conferencing app.

The Hindustan Times report quoting government officials suggest that there are inputs that many Android and iOS apps, either developed by Chinese app developers or launched by companies with Chinese funding-support, had the potential to be used as spyware or other malicious ware.

There have been reports that security agencies had advised security personnel against using these apps in the view of “detrimental impact” that this could have on data security.

Calls for boycotting Chinese products gained pace after 20 Indian soldiers were martyred during the violent clash between Indian and China at the Galwan valley area in eastern Ladakh on June 15. People have been protesting against the Chinese incursion in the Indian territory. 

Meanwhile, according to PTI report, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has reportedly asked the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) not to use Chinese telecom gear in its 4G upgradation, which is being supported as part of the revival package for both the entities.

Posted By: Talib Khan