As many as 266 cellular apps have been blocked by the federal government to date since June final yr, Lok Sabha was knowledgeable on Tuesday.
Union Minister of State for Residence G Kishan Reddy additionally mentioned the usage of the banned apps by numerous individuals in India permits compilation of giant information which is likely to be collated, analysed, profiled and mined by components which are hostile to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, safety of the State in addition to to the general public order, other than being detrimental to the curiosity of most people.
“Ministry of Electronics and Info Expertise has to date blocked 266 cellular apps since June, 2020 underneath the provisions of part 69 A of the Info Expertise Act, 2000 on nationwide safety considerations,” he mentioned in a written reply.
Although the minister didn’t specify the host international locations of the apps, nearly all blocked apps had been of Chinese language origin and the motion has been taken following escalation of stress alongside the Sino-India border in Ladakh.
Mr Reddy mentioned with the improved use of cyber house, variety of cyber crimes, together with on-line fraud can be rising.
As per newest printed information of the Nationwide Crime Information Bureau, as many as 3,466 circumstances of on-line frauds had been registered in 2017, 3,353 circumstances in 2018 and 6,233 circumstances in 2019.
In accordance with information accessible, 1,971, individuals had been arrested by legislation enforcement businesses in such circumstances in 2017, 1,778 individuals in 2018 and a pair of,542 individuals in 2019.