BGMI getting removed from Google Play Store and Apple App Store sent shockwaves throughout India, unlike the last time, it happened without any prior warning.
A community of millions were left dumbfounded as no one had any clear knowledge of why it may have happened.
Sources have mentioned that the incident has something to do with the game being party to a potential cyber theft.
BGMI Is A BIG Cyber Threat To India
BGMI was reportedly banned following a report by the intelligence agency which prompted a letter from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), informing them about the issue. The game was removed for precautionary purposes and a full-fledged ban is likely to follow suit.
According to News18, “The report talked about violations that can create cyber threats by harvesting user data for profiling to carry out targeted cyber-attacks on Indian users.”.
“The analysis also showed that this application has malicious code and also acquires a host of critical permissions, which could be misused for compromising user data for surveillance through camera/microphone, location tracking, and malicious network activities,” a senior government official told News18.
“Such apps are detrimental to sovereignty and integrity of India and can be very dangerous for the Indian security grid. The inputs were shared with us and immediate action was taken without any delay from the government,” an official working in Meity told News18.
The article further states that the developer KRAFTON is formulating a case in their defense which is the only thing that is holding up a permanent ban.
“At KRAFTON, the security and privacy of our user data are of utmost importance to us. We have always been compliant with all the laws and regulations in India, including data protection laws and regulations, and will continue abiding by them.” says the developer.
Rebranding or launching the game under a different corporate umbrella will not help them get out of this. With government cracking down on Chinese apps, it will be very difficult to penetrate the Indian market after this as long as the game has ties with China.
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