Mumbai: Following the ban imposed by the Government of India, Tik Tok said in response that it would comply with the order and would have the opportunity to respond and submit clarifications.
Beijing-based Tik Tok, which is owned by ByteDance, also reiterated that it does not share Indian users’ data with China.
“The Government of India has issued an interim order to block 59 apps, including TikTok and we are in the process of complying with it. We have been invited to meet with the relevant government stakeholders for the opportunity to respond and submit clarifications,” Nikhil Gandhi who is head of TikTok India said in a statement.
“TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and does not share any information about our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government. Also if we are requested that in future we will not do this. We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity. “
TikTok is one of 59 apps with links to China that have been banned by the Indian government over privacy concerns. More precisely, all of these apps (the list also includes the likes of UC Browser, Shareit, CamScanner, and WeChat) have reportedly been considered a national security threat to engage in activities that would threaten India’s sovereignty and integrity Are prejudiced, according to the security, security state and public order of India.
After the order, Google and Apple must remove Tik Tok and other apps included in the list from the Play Store and the App Store. Meanwhile, active users will be restricted from using these apps through ISP (Telco) channels. No other official way to run TikTok (or any of the 59 apps) on a mobile phone until further notice until someone decides to use a VPN to sideload these apps or bypass the restriction.
If anyone goes against the ban and uses any of these apps in India, it is not yet known because the government has not made these apps “illegal”, although it is clear that Indians should do so for them. It is strongly advised against owning privacy and security.
(With ANI Inputs)