India has added another 118 China mobile apps to its banned list. Among those making it to the least-wanted list include internationally popular mobile games and finance tools such as Tencent Holdings' Player Unknown's Battlegrounds and Alibaba Group's Alipay.
The apps join 59 others banned earlier.
India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in a statement Wednesday it had decided to add the apps to its growing list of banned mobile software as a result of state and public security concerns. The agency said that, based on a review, the apps were found to be engaging in activities that were "prejudicial" to the country's sovereignty and integrity.
The ministry alleged the apps were guilty of being misused through the intentional "stealing" of user data and the "unauthorized" transfer of that data to servers outside of the country. It added that the apps essentially were in violation of the country's Information Technology Act and the Information Technology Rules 2009.
The agency issued a similar explanation when it banned the first 59 apps on the list in late June. Some of the apps included then included ByteDance's short-video streaming app TikTok and Tencent's mobile messaging app WeChat.
The initial ban followed a Himalayan border clash between China and India troops. Several reportedly died. This led to a public outcry in India to boycott China-made products.
Apart from Tencent and Alipay, other China apps on this week's list are Alibaba's Taobao marketplace, video platform Youku, NetEase's popular mobile game Marvel Super War and live-streaming platform Huya. Both the Android and iOS versions of the apps are included.
Most of the apps on the list have hundreds of millions of users in India. The Tencent Battlegrounds game alone has 50 million downloads and 33 million active users as of June. The ban is expected to cost their owners and publishers a lot of money.
Companies such as Tencent and ByteDance have submitted petitions to India's government to reconsider its decision. Most companies on the ban list have denied their software posed any national security threats.