New Delhi, November 16 The Delhi High Court on Tuesday requested the Centre’s response to a petition asking for instructions to block mobile apps and e-commerce websites from a China-based company that has an office in Mumbai due to of a security threat.
The bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh sent a notice to the Union Ministry of Commerce to respond to the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Shashank Shekhar Jha, lawyer by profession. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is another respondent in this case.
The court will hear more of the case on January 11, 2022.
In the plea, it was stated that the Chinese mobile app Shopee and the Shopee.in website operated by SPPIN India Pvt Ltd, threaten the security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of India.
Highlighting violations of the law, the plea states that the company conducted its operations in violation of the Foreign Direct Investment Policy of 2020 and the Foreign Exchange Management Law of 1999.
The plea argued that the information, as available in the public domain, showed that the company was managing its activities, directly or indirectly, under the control of the Chinese government or its entities. He also claimed that the public and private data of Indian citizens collected by SPPIN is likely to be compromised, as such data would be stored in a cloud space, which, directly or indirectly, is accessible to the Chinese government.
Despite last year’s crackdown on Chinese apps by the government following deadly clashes between Indian armed forces and Chinese forces in the Galwan region of Ladakh, many apps have gone undetected by simply covering up their origin and many applications of Chinese origin continue to occupy a large space and market. space across India’s mobile Internet, the advocacy said.
These apps have used a mix of holding companies outside of mainland China and rebranding, to maintain or re-establish a presence, he added.
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