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India will strictly enforce the new smartphone security regulations by banning pre-installed apps

India is set to introduce some new regulations for smartphone manufacturers. Under the new policy, the manufacturers will be required to enable the removal of pre-installed apps. Besides this, it will be necessary for the companies to abide by the new security rules regarding the screening of OS updates. The source of this information is a report by Reuters.

The new rules indicate that the manufacturers must include an uninstall option for pre-installed apps. Besides this, the latest models will be evaluated for compliance through a lab authorized by the Bureau of Indian Standards agency.

When it comes to smartphone manufacturers companies, Apple is one company that permits users to uninstall or delete Apple’s apps. However, the feature is not available with core apps like Phones, Messages, and Photos. Where these can be removed from the Home screen and buried in the App library.

The report’s sources claim that India’s IT ministry is taking the regulations under consideration due to worries over user data exploitation and espionage, with specific mentions of the risk posed by China. An unnamed official stated that “We want to make sure that no foreign countries, particularly China, are taking advantage of it.” Pre-installed programs might be a weak security spot. “National security is at stake.”

The country underwent a border clash with China back in 2022. Since then, India has banned more than 300 Chinese applications in the country. Besides this, the country has also strengthened the inspection of investments by Chinese firms. The concept was discussed in a closed-door conference with representatives from Xiaomi, Samsung, Apple, and Vivo, according to government papers seen by Reuters.

When the laws go into force, the government is reportedly giving smartphone manufacturers a year to comply with them, but there are worries that this could cause launch delays for new handsets and result in financial losses. Presently, the Indian IT ministry needs roughly 21 weeks to assess a smartphone and all of its components for safety compliance.

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