Data Security concerns make Indian Government ban Chinese Mobiles and IT Products

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Indian Government has decided to impose a ban on the sale of Chinese electronics and other IT products in its country due to data security concerns from November this year. Releasing a press report on this issue recently, the government of India has asked 21 smart phone, and 7 Security Camera makers to share the security procedures and processes they follow to ensure security on their respective products in User’s point of view.

The Government of India under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri. Narender Modi has issued a deadline of August 28th, 2017 to all Chinese makers. After which all those companies failing to convince the government on data security concerns will be barred from doing trade with/in India.

Since October 2016 reports are flooding in the media that Chinese mobiles used around the world have the ability to transmit data to servers located in Beijing. This includes calls, text messages, images, videos, e-wallet info and such. It is being done through spying software which comes installed on a default note from the handset makers.

United States banned the sale of BLU mobiles on Amazon when media reports poured in that the handset leaks the data on its mobile phones to servers located in China. White House also imposed a ban on the sale of some security cameras made by China manufactures in January this year based on the same allegations.

Thus, India will be the first country to follow the US on this issue.

But trade experts say that India is planning to use ‘trade ban’ as a weapon to oppose China’s stand on ‘Doklam’ Border Issue.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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