After banning 59 Chinese apps, the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information technology (MeitY) is now scanning 275 more Chinese apps for any potential security threats. Unfortunately, this time, PUBG Mobile is also under the Indian Government’s radar. That’s because the battle royale game is published by Tencent, a Chinese Conglomerate.
By banning Chinese apps, MeitY wants to protect citizens’ data from the hands of the Chinese Government. The major reason cited behind the ban is storing user data outside the country poses a threat to the security of the nation.
So, by ensuring that the personal data of Indian users will be stored in local servers, PUBG Mobile might just be able to escape the ban in India. And I must say this was a smart move which would seem reassuring to PUBG fans in India.
But there is a caveat!
From the above statement, PUBG Mobile wants to make it clear that for Indian users, PUBG Mobile has local support and engineering team. However, the fact that “only” PUBG Mobile team from India could access the Indian user’s information has been kept quite ambiguous and it depends on how the government interprets it.
We reached out to the PUBG mobile team to get more clarification on what this actually means, however, their response was still vague.
Fossbytes: We wanted to know if the support and engineering team located in India will have access to Indian user’s data, or will the support teams from the other locations be able to access data of Indian users as well?
Not to forget the data collection…
Meanwhile, PUBG Mobile has mentioned it is still allowing third parties to collect and use the personal data of users. Tencent promises to take ‘reasonable measures’ to ensure that the third parties do not further disclose any personal information. But we don’t know how ‘good’ those measures are.
However, if users are concerned about their collected data, then they can contact PUBG Mobile to access, or erase their personal data.