India Banned Chinese Apps
But is that enough?- Created on
It's rather inconvenient when something that you use every day stops working
sudden. It's even more inconvenient when you know that it may never work again for you.
Then you start finding alternatives, hoping that you will never have to switch from the new thing that you found.
Recently a handful of apps banned in India for “being engaged in activities prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of the nation“
Banned apps list:
I am glad for these apps to be removed from the public use, but they were banned for the wrong reason, a political move against China.
Threat to peoples privacy risk privacy of the nation.
- what food you eat?
- what do you search?
- where do you go?
- who you frequently contact with?
- is your menstrual cycle irregular?
- do you have depression?
- what diseases do you have?
- what color are you?, what caste are you?
- what's your address?, who is in your family? (I stopped adding links after a while, you can search them on your own and update this list, it's not hard to find news on these).
- what does your family do?
- when do you visit them?
- where do they live?
- what did you study?
- what do you watch and listen to?
- who is your crush?
- who is your sister?
- where does she stay?
- what does she want to buy for you on your birthday?
- whom do you hate?
- what political stands do you have?
- DO YOU YELL A LOT in comments for no reason?
These and more are the data being collected by the apps that you use daily, every service that you use has answer for at least one of these questions.
All of it combined can provide a detailed profile of you that even you didn't know of. And all of them are connected in ways that a normal user is not aware or even thought of.
you forget that when a company sell your info, it can also go to anyone, including their government and it could also be yours.
A good example will be the Global Mass Surveillance and Key Disclosure Laws (check if your country is in the list, if found, stop using all services from that country).
I am attempting to put and end to this, and there are millions of others with the same thought process as mine.
To avoid a privacy leak of you, your family, your neighborhood, AND your nation, what you can do is very simple.
before installing anything to your system, before browsing your favorite shopping site, go to https://alternativeto.net
search for that privacy invasive program, filter it by open-source and the device that you use. Free and Open source software (Free as in freedom) will not be able to collect your data.
Because the source code is public, and anyone can verify any malicious code going into it. I like this phrase “Dance like no one's watching. Encrypt like everyone is!“, which can ONLY be achieved by a Free and Open-Source Software.
There are other sites like privacytools.io which is made by the community for the community for enhanced privacy of all.
Once you start using them, spread the word like the same way you used to. you might find your life to be a bit peaceful one you get rid of proprietary software and services.