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Think tank writes to govt alleging short video app Snack Video is rebranded version of blocked app

An Indian think tank has alleged that short video application Snack Video is actually just a rebranded version of Kwai — one of the 59 ‘Chinese’ apps that was banned in India in June. The think tank — Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research (C-DEP) — also alleged that Snack Video acquires user permissions that grant it access to critical and sensitive personal data, and doesn't protect underage users from data acquisition and leakage, among other things. Snack Video, at the moment is among the most popular short video apps in the country — if it were to be banned, a number of Indian short video apps stand to gain from it. C-DEP, on October 21, wrote a letter to the Home and IT ministries highlighting some of its concerns about Snack Video. Jaijit Bhattacharya, C-DEP’s president, confirmed the development…

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