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Indian authorities begin blocking Chinese bookmakers

Asia (, - In India, due to suspicions of money laundering, China-related e-applications of 138 betting shops and 94 credit applications have been blocked. This was announced today, February 6, by TASS with reference to the Business Standard newspaper.

According to the newspaper, the lockdown is carried out on an “emergency basis” on the recommendation of the Indian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

“At least 138 betting or gambling apps and 94 lending apps were involved in money laundering and posed a threat to India’s financial security. These apps were operated by offshore companies, mostly Chinese.

It is reported that the blocking is carried out in accordance with the law on information technology, which allows supervisory agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any digital information in special circumstances.

Indian authorities are seeking to end all online betting on social media, including those operated by Chinese companies, in the near future in order to create a safe and reliable Internet, the publication adds. The blocking of mobile lending apps is due to the Reserve Bank of India's ban on unregulated lending activities to protect borrowers from predatory lending, harassment and blackmail by lenders.

Earlier, after the armed conflict that took place in the spring of 2020 on the Indian-Chinese border in East Ladakh, India blocked 224 mobile applications developed in the PRC, which were alleged to pose a threat to national security and user privacy. A number of them belonged to large Chinese technology companies. Among the banned applications are TikTok, SHAREit, WeChat, UC Browser and others.

For the first time, Indian authorities used emergency powers to block social media accounts. This is done in accordance with the law adopted in 2021 regarding the field of information technology and the work of digital media. The law provides ethical standards for such media and guidelines for broadcasting news and other information materials.

Indian authorities begin blocking Chinese bookmakers