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India plans new security testing for smartphones, crackdown on pre-installed apps

NEW DELHI, India, March 18 ------ – India plans to force smartphone makers to allow removal of pre-installed apps and mandate screening of major operating system updates under proposed new security rules, according to two people and a government document seen by Reuters.

The plan for new rules, details of which have not been previously reported, could extend launch timelines in the world’s number two smartphone market and lead to losses in business from pre-installed apps for players including Samsung, Xiaomi, Vivo, and Apple.

India’s IT ministry is considering these rules amid concerns about spying and abuse of user data, said a senior government official, one of the two people who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity as the information is not yet public.


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