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Google Says Banned Chinese Apps Have Been Blocked Temporarily For Now

Google on Thursday said it has temporarily blocked access to those apps that were still available on the Play Store in India even after the government banned on 59 apps this week. “While we continue to review the interim orders from the Government of India, we have notified the affected developers and have temporarily blocked access to the apps that remained available on the Play Store in India,” a Google spokesperson said.

However, the spokesperson did not disclose details of the apps that Google had blocked. According to sources, developers of many of the 59 banned apps had taken down their apps from Google Play Store voluntarily. India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including TikTok, UC Browser, SHAREit and WeChat, saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country.


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TikTok Banned in India: Here's How You Can Download Your Videos and Data

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TikTok is going to be banned in the country indefinitely, but you can salvage some of your data including videos.

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  • Last Updated: July 1, 2020, 11:23 AM IST

TikTok is one of the most popular apps that recently got banned by the Indian government. As per a release from the Ministry of Electronics and IT, a total of 59 apps under the provisions of Section 69 of the IT Act, as well as provisions of the IT rules 2008, saying, “in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”

TikTok has over 800 million active users in the world with 119 million from India alone. TikTok was downloaded 277.6 million times in India in the first 11 months of 2019 and it was the fourth most downloaded iPhone app in the same year.

Ever since the ban, the app has been removed from the Google Play Store as well as the Apple App Store. It has also reportedly become inaccessible to users as the government had ordered ISPs and TSPs to block all the 59 apps.

While most TikTokers are planning to move to other platforms, like Instagram and YouTube, here is how you can download your videos as well as data from TikTok:

-Open TikTok and go to your profile

-Click on the video you wish to download

-Tap on the three-dot icon and hit Save video

-Using this process you can download a particular video on your device

You can also download your profile data from TikTok using the following steps:

-Open TikTok and open the three-dot menu at the top right corner

-Head to Privacy and safety > Personalization and data > Download your data

-You will be asked to confirm your request which will be sent to TikTok

-Once the request have been made, you will have to wait and check the app for a confirmation which can take up to 30 days

-After your request has been accepted, you will be able to download your data. Make sure you do that within four days else he data file will expire


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CamScanner Banned: Indian App 'Kaagaz Scanner' Sees 1 Lakh Downloads in a Day

CamScanner, a highly popular app for scanning and storing documents, has been banned by the government of India as part of the 59 Chinese apps that were blacklisted for data and privacy concerns. Cashing in on this so-called “app vacuum” and riding on the prevalent anti-China sentiment, Indian startup Sorted AI has seemingly built a CamScanner alternative that aims to give users an ‘Indian’ app to scan their documents. Named ‘Kaagaz Scanner’, the app has claimed over 1 lakh downloads within one day of CamScanner being banned, and is presently seeing considerable interest on the Google Play Store.

What is Kaagaz Scanner?

As the name suggests, Kaagaz Scanner aims to do exactly what CamScanner used to, only in an Indian guise. CamScanner was blacklisted in light of its ties to China. Since it was largely used to scan personal identification documents, storing of such documents on the cloud server of an app hosted in China was deemed as a security violation. It is this that Sorted AI’s ‘Kaagaz Scanner’ aims to cash in on, and fill the space left open by marketing an ‘Indian alternative’.

Talking about the app via a LinkedIn post, Gaurav Shrishrimal, the founder of Sorted AI, the company behind Kaagaz Scanner, said, “We built Kaagaz Scanner as a side project after the call of our Prime Minister for ‘Vocal For Local’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. As soon as we got the news of Chinese apps being banned, we started pushing the app in all of our WhatsApp groups and social media feeds. We were lucky to be picked by a few big influencers, which gave us the initial push. That, coupled with a simply, easy to use product, started increasing our install numbers.”

While this sounds like the perfect story of an Indian startup stepping up to innovate and fill up the gap from a better known Chinese app, it seems that Kaagaz Scanner still has some way to go.

Should I use it?

As goes the statutory privacy disclaimer, do not download and use an app until its privacy policy has been verified by independent parties and deemed adequate. While Kaagaz Scanner has been built by an Indian startup, its privacy policy must also include safeguards against any potential data breaches or other privacy mishaps.

Even beyond this, while most users have given Kaagaz Scanner a positive rating on the Google Play Store, reviews paint a different picture. Most recent reviews from yesterday appear to suggest that the app is full of bugs, and has an unintuitive user interface. It also appears to be slow at processing scans, which shows that the app has quite some way to go.

As a result, it is prudent to suggest that you should wait until Kaagaz Scanner’s makers, Sorted AI, manages to sort out their app issues. Until then, you can choose from a list of our trusted document scanning apps and services to use while the homegrown, made in India alternative fixes the bugs.


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With TikTok Banned in India, Is It The Perfect Time to Launch Facebook Lasso & Instagram Reels?

Just a few hours ago, the Government of India issued an order banning as many as 59 Chinese owned smartphone apps in the country. The notification issued by The Ministry of Information Technology of the Government of India derived powers under the section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 citing the concerns about the security, integrity and defense of India. The apps that now stand banned in India, across all platforms now include TikTok, Shareit, WeChat, Helo, Likee, UC News, Bigo Live, UC Browser, ES File Explorer and Mi Community. All big names, but one does truly stand out.

But does this open up the door for Facebook to take advantage of the situation and introduce the Facebook Lasso and Instagram Reels products in India. At this time, with TikTok inaccessible, all the creators and influencers on the platform are searching for a viable alternative to ply their trade. And show their creative side. This could be a good time for Facebook to simply bring their TikTok alternatives, because people need to switch. And fast. Never has there been a more ready-made demographic of users, just waiting to sign up.

Facebook Lasso and Instagram Reels, With WhatsApp as the secret ingredient

Facebook Lasso also has similar set of features as TikTok, including the ability to shoot and post 15-second videos. You can overlay these with popular music tracks, filters, effects, hashtags, the ability to directly share to Facebook and more. At this time, Lasso has pretty limited availability around the world, including the US, though it has already seen more than 5,000,000 downloads just on the Google Play Store till now. Facebook, which also owns Instagram, has a similar product for that photo sharing social media platform as well. It is called Instagram Reels and that’s also all about the magic of 15-second videos, dressed up with a variety of music tracks, filters and editing tools. This app also has limited availability right now, including Brazil, Germany and France.

In India, WhatsApp could prove to be the secret ingredient for Lasso or Reels, whichever one Facebook does eventually decide to launch in India. If at all. A simple integration in the most popular instant messaging app could make all the difference in terms of popularizing the new video sharing platform and give it the sort of adoption push that would otherwise be unimaginable.

TikTok’s numbers must have worried Facebook

TikTok, owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, has climbed the popularity charts rapidly. The ability to showcase creativity and talent in quick 15-second videos had caught the attention of the masses. And that is truer in India than anywhere else in the world. According to data analytics firm App Annie, India accounted for 323 million, which is 44%, of the total 740 million TikTok app downloads in 2019 across all platforms. They also suggest that Indians spent 5.5 billion hours on the TikTok app last year. In fact, at the beginning of this year, it was reported that ByteDance was targeting Rs 100 crore in revenue in India, banking on new quick advert formats for brands as well.

While TikTok’s revenue targets were still no match for Facebook, TikTok’s active user base was proving to be a headache for the world’s largest social media platform, Facebook. According to regulatory filings by Facebook, they clocked Rs 892 crore in revenue in India in 2018-19.

Does TikTok still have a future?

TikTok has confirmed that they have been invited to meet with the Government to respond to the order and submit clarifications. TikTok, a popular social media platform owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, is on the list of banned apps. At this time, TikTok is also not available for download on the Google Play Store for Android phones and the Apple App Store for the iPhone. “The Government of India has issued an interim order for the blocking of 59 apps, including TikTok and we are in the process of complying with it. We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications,” says Nikhil Gandhi, Head of TikTok, India, in a statement. The company says they continue to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese Government. Gandhi insists that even if they are requested to do so in the future, they would not. “We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity,” says Gandhi.


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Banned Chinese Apps On Your Phone? What Happens Now






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India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser, saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country. The ban, which comes in the backdrop of current stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh with Chinese troops, also includes WeChat and Bigo Live. The list of apps that have been banned also include Helo, Likee, Cam Scanner, Vigo Video, Mi Video Call, Xiaomi, Clash of Kings as well as e-commerce platforms Club Factory and Shein. This marks the largest sweep against the Chinese technology companies.

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Chinese Apps Banned in India: Here Are Some Alternatives to Lifestyle E-Commerce Store Shein

The Indian government recently announced a ban on a total of 59 Chinese smartphone apps. The order was issued by The Ministry of Information Technology citing concerns about the security, integrity and defense of the country. Some of the popular apps that will no longer be available for access in India include TikTok, WeChat, Helo, Likee, UC News, Bigo Live, ShareIt, UC Browser, ES File Explorer and Mi Community.

This has led to an uproar among smartphone users especially avid users of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle e-commerce store Shein. While the app as well as the website is currently functional, they would soon be blocked by all ISPs very soon. Similarly, apps like ClubFactory and ROMWE have also been listed among the apps that have been blocked.

Myntra

Currently run by Flipkart, Myntra is a dedicated fashion e-commerce platform based out of India offering a wide range of clothing, footwear and accessories across sizes and age groups. Myntra also offers a wide range of brands with H&M being one of the latest big additions.

Koovs

Koovs is said to offer a nice collection of apparels and reasonable pricing. You can find the latest collection to an exhaustive range of clothes, shoes as well as T-shirts, jeans along with jewelry, watches and much more. The online store is said to have over 100 brands and all are privately labeled.

LimeRoad

A lot of people don’t know but LimeRoad has been around for a while and was launched at the end of 2012. Apart from offering apparel, accessories, shoes, and so on, it also comes with a scrapbook feature that lets you create fashionable looks using your own style sensibilities and share them with people.

Ajio

Ajio, the fashion cum lifestyle brand, is a popular digital fashion extension of Reliance that was launched around 2016. The platform focuses on fresh perspectives on personal styles and it is one of the best online shopping apps in India for clothing. It offers a wide variety of categories including women’s wear, men’s wear as well as kids’ wear as well as a premium range of gadgets and tech accessories.

Jabong

Jabong was a fierce competition to Myntra at one point of time. However, it was acquired by Flipkart via the Myntra division in 2016. The portal sells apparel, footwear, fashion accessories, beauty products, fragrances, home accessories and other fashion and lifestyle products. Notably, one of the co-founders of Jabong is Manu Kumar Jain who is currently the India head for Xiaomi.


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Chinese Apps Banned in India: Here Are Some Popular Alternatives to CamScanner

The Indian government has banned a total of 59 Chinese smartphone apps for both Android as well as iOS devices. The order was issued by The Ministry of Information Technology citing concerns about the security, integrity and defense of the country. Some of the popular apps that will no longer be available for access in India include TikTok, WeChat, Helo, Likee, UC News, Bigo Live, ShareIt, UC Browser, ES File Explorer and Mi Community.

Among the list is CamScanner, a widely used app for scanning documents. Apart from letting users scan documents or photos using their smartphone camera, the app also lets users archive their digital copies in a safe location. We tried accessing CamScanner through a desktop and were unable to login, but it seems that the app is currently functional so we advise you to offload your important documents before the service is completely blocked.

So what alternatives do you have? Well, there are plenty to choose from with some offering similar results as CamScanner itself.

Microsoft Office Lens

Microsoft’s Office Lens app is a very powerful tool. Apart from scanning different sorts of documents, it even lets you scan handwritten notes, whiteboards and diagrams, and more. The app also lets you convert images to PDF, Word, and PowerPoint files, and save to OneNote, OneDrive, or your local device. There is also support for OCR and auto-edge scanning.

Adobe Scan

Adobe Scan is also a pretty reliable alternative to CamScanner. The free document scanning app comes with integrated OCR technology to recognize printed text and handwriting. You can use the app to turn receipts, notes, documents, photos, business cards, whiteboards, etc. into an Adobe PDF. The app comes with built-in algorithms to detect the kind of document you are scanning and can crop the image accordingly.

Google Drive

Google Drive is a popular platform especially if you have an Android device. Apart from offering free cloud storage, the Drive smartphone app also lets you scan documents. It doesn’t offer a lot of features but if you are looking for a simple scanner to convert your physical documents into digital copies, then this is a good option. On top of that, the integration Google assures you that you can access your files from almost anywhere.

Evernote

A highly versatile app, Evernote is a great app to organise your notes, memos and documents. The app comes with a built-in scanner as well so you can save your documents in a jiffy. The app also lets you save photos and articles from the web. Further, you can easily share your documents and the app also comes with OCR to recognise handwritten documents or notes.

PhotoScan

This is primarily a photo scanning app by Google, so don’t expect high-end tools for scanning documents. However, when it comes to photos, it has the ability to scan photos while maintaining the details. Now since it is made by Google, it comes with powerful algorithms to auto-detects edges, takes high-quality pictures, and remove glare and blemishes, automatically.


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Banned in India, TikTok to Meet Govt Panel to Present 'Clarification', Says Will Comply With Privacy Needs

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The Chinese apps banned in India include TikTok, Shareit, WeChat, Helo, Likee, UC News, Bigo Live, UC Browser, ES File Explorer and Mi Community.

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  • Last Updated: June 30, 2020, 10:47 AM IST

Just a few hours after the Government of India issued an order banning as many as 59 Chinese owned smartphone apps in the country, TikTok has confirmed that they have been invited to meet with the Government to respond to the order and submit clarifications. TikTok, a popular social media platform owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, is on the list of banned apps. At this time, TikTok is also not available for download on the Google Play Store for Android phones and the Apple App Store for the iPhone.

“The Government of India has issued an interim order for the blocking of 59 apps, including TikTok and we are in the process of complying with it. We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications,” says Nikhil Gandhi, Head of TikTok, India, in a statement. The company says they continue to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese Government. Gandhi insists that even if they are requested to do so in the future, they would not. “We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity,” says Gandhi.

Late yesterday, India banned as many as 59 popular smartphone apps for Android smartphones as well as the Apple iPhone. The notification issued by The Ministry of Information Technology of the Government of India derived powers under the section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 citing the concerns about the security, integrity and defense of India. The apps that now stand banned in India, across the Google Android ecosystem and the Apple iPhone as well as the iPad platforms now include TikTok, Shareit, WeChat, Helo, Likee, UC News, Bigo Live, UC Browser, ES File Explorer and Mi Community.

For the millions of users who may also have these installed on their Android phones and iPhones, there will be checks at the Internet service provider (ISP) and mobile service provider stage to ensure that traffic to and from these apps is blocked on the network, thereby rendering them in-operational. It is expected that all mobile service providers will block these apps on the 3G/4G networks while all broadband companies will enable these filters on wired and wireless broadband options.


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TikTok, Shareit, UC Browser and 56 Other Chinese Apps Banned by India over National Security Concerns

India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser, saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country.

The ban, which comes in the backdrop of current stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh with Chinese troops, also includes WeChat and Bigo Live.

The list of apps that have been banned also include Helo, Likee, Cam Scanner, Vigo Video, Mi Video Call, Xiaomi, Clash of Kings as well as e-commerce platforms Club Factory and Shein. This marks the largest sweep against the Chinese technology companies.

The Information Technology Ministry in a statement said it has received many complaints from various sources, including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India”.

“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.

The IT Ministry said it has invoked its power under section 69A of the IT Act and rules, and has decided to block 59 apps in view of information available 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 move will “safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace”, it added.

The list included prominent names like TikTok (which has over 200 million users in India), SHAREit, WeChat, UC Browser, Helo, Likee and Cam Scanner, among others.

The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs, has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps, the statement said, adding that there has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of citizens. Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside Parliament.

“On the basis of these and upon receiving recent credible inputs that such apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the Government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices,” it added.

Comments from these companies could not be immediately obtained.

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

Over 2015-19, Chinese investors including Alibaba, Tencent, TR Capital and Hillhouse Capital, have invested over USD 5.5 billion in Indian startups, according to Venture Intelligence that tracks private equity, venture capital, M&A transactions and valuations, in India.

Union Minister of Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said the move was taken to ensure the country’s integrity and protect data and privacy of Indians.

Congress leader Ahmed Patel also welcomed the decision, adding that the government has to take more substantial measures in light of the Chinese intrusion and unprovoked attack on Indian Army.

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said the ban will be a big support to its ‘Boycott Chinese Goods’ campaign.

“This huge unprecedented step will go a long way in strengthening the ‘Boycott China’ campaign of CAIT. Boycott China movement is now well and truly a national reality and seven crore traders of India stands in solidarity with the Union Government,” CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said in a statement.

ShareChat Director Public Policy Berges Malu also welcomed the move. “This is a welcome move from the government against platforms that have had serious privacy, cyber security and national security risks. We expect the government to continue their support for the Indian startup ecosystem,” he said.

The full list of banned apps is as follows:

TikTok, Shareit, Kwai, UC Browser, Baidu map, Shein, Clash of Kings, DU battery saver, Helo, Likee, YouCam makeup, Mi Community, CM Browser, Virus Cleaner, APUS Browser, ROMWE, Club Factory, Newsdog, Beauty Plus, WeChat, UC News, QQ Mail, Weibo, Xender, QQ Music, QQ Newsfeed, Bigo Live, SelfieCity, Mail Master, Parallel Space, Mi Video Call – Xiaomi, WeSync, ES File Explorer, Viva Video – QU Video Inc, Meitu, Vigo Video, New Video Status, DU Recorder, Vault- Hide, Cache Cleaner DU App studio, DU Cleaner, DU Browser, Hago Play With New Friends, Cam Scanner, Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile, Wonder Camera, Photo Wonder, QQ Player, We Meet, Sweet Selfie, Baidu Translate, Vmate, QQ International, QQ Security Center, QQ Launcher, U Video, V fly Status Video, Mobile Legends, DU Privacy.

(With inputs from PTI)


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Chinese Apps Banned in India: Here Are Some Alternatives That You Can Use

The India-China tension has taken a new turn as the government has released an order to announce a ban on popular apps including TikTok, Clash of Kings, Helo, Shareit, Shien and many more. According to the order, a total of 59 apps will be banned as “they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”

While we await details on how exactly these apps will be banned in the country, we’ve listed down a bunch of alternatives that you can use:

UC Browser, CM Browser, APUS Browser, DU Browser

Chrome is rated as one of the best browsers and comes preinstalled on all Android devices that have support from Google. It is also way better as it offers you the ability to sync with your Google account.

CamScanner

This is a popular app used frequently by users to create digital copies of physical documents as well as an archive of scanned documents. It would be a good time to immediately shift your documents to your Google Drive, or use alternatives like Microsoft Office Lens or Adobe Scan.

TikTok, Likee, Viva Video, Vigo Video, Kwai, Bigo Live

If you are looking for alternatives for such short video entertainment platforms there are loads to choose from. There is Dubsmash, Triller and some Indian alternatives like Roposo, Chingari and Bolo Indya.

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Xender, ShareIt

These are primarily file transfer apps and also allow you to transfer your apps. There are many file transfer apps including Google’s own Files as well as Jio Switch and ShareAll.

Shein, ClubFactory

If you are into fashion, you would know these apps very well. The two ecommerce apps offer customers a wide range of clothing and accessories that are mostly shipped from China. There are a variety of apps that you can use instead of these including Myntra, Koovs, Jabong, Ajio and many more.

UC News, Newsdog, QQ Newsfeed

Almost every big news agency today offers its own individual app. Also, we recommend using Google News as it offers an excellent recommendation of news articles based on your interests.


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