PUBG Mobile one among 118 Chinese applications banned in India
PUBG Mobile is one of the 118 Chinese applications that have been banned by the Ministry of Information and Technology. This is the third ban wave that has hit the app industry after the government made similar moves in the past.
In a statement by the Ministry, "This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace."
There are close to 33 million active PUBG players in India, according to reports.
PUBG Mobile banned in India!
The statement explained that there were a number of complaints which were received from various sources and included reports about the misuse of mobile apps which were available on Android and iOS platforms.
The complaints talked about stealing and transferring user data in an unauthorised manner to servers which were located outside of India.
According to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the mobile game has been banned under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, on grounds that "they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order".
"The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures," the statement said.