Why PUBG Mobile should be banned in India? PUBG Mobile is a Chinese App by Tencent that spies on your clipboard data and relays information back to its servers
The Government of India yesterday issued a notification banning 59 Chinese Apps from operating in India. We have already detailed the 59 Chinese Apps and non-Chinese alternatives for them. However, many of our readers were surprised not to find the PUBG Mobile game in the list of 59 Chinese Apps banned by India.
Why is PUBG Mobile not banned in India?
As said above, many of our readers were confused and also curious to know why the popular battle royale game PUBG Mobile has not been banned in India. One of the questions asked by many users was whether PUBG Mobile was a Chinese App or not.Read about the 59 Chinese Apps banned by India and their non-Chinese alternatives
Yes, PUBG Mobile game is owned by a Chinese multinational, Tencent. While PUBG PC version and PUBG PlayStation/Xbox version are not owned by Tencent, the PUBG Mobile is indeed a Chinese App.
The original PC/console version of the game was released in 2017, PlayerUnknown’s Battleground by a South Korean video game company called Bluehole. It was first published for a computer/laptop through the Steam store. It was followed by PlayStation and Xbox versions.
Bluehole later collaborated with Tencent Holdings to develop PUBG Mobile. Later Bluehole opted out of the partnership and Tencent is the sole publisher of PUBG Mobile.
PUBG MOBILE is a Chinese app. PUBG PC/laptop version and PlayStation/Xbox versions are not Chinese.
Why should PUBG Mobile be banned?
PUBG Mobile is a Chinese App. But that is not the reason we are calling on the Government of India to ban PUBG Mobile. Two researchers, Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk have proved beyond doubt that PUBG Mobile accesses the iPhone clipboard data without the users’ permission. The clipboard is used for pasting your banking login data, email ids, passwords, messages, chats, emails, etc. and this data could be relayed back to the command and control servers located in China.
PUBG Mobile does this on iPhones so it is a given that it could be doing the same on Android smartphones. It could easily be snooping on Android and iPhone users and relaying the data back to servers in China. And since the Government of India has banned 59 Chinese Apps for precisely this reason, it makes sense to ban PUBG Mobile as well.
As said above, PUBG Mobile’s Chinese origins don’t matter but the way it accesses users’ data and how the data is used is very relevant and the Indian government should take note of this.