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Delhi Police admits it used banned Chinese app CamScanner, apologises on Twitter

The admission and apology came after a law student, who received RTI replies from the Delhi Police, pointed out the force had used CamScanner to scan the documents.

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New Delhi: The Delhi Police Saturday admitted to having “inadvertently” used a Chinese app which the central government had banned last year amid the rising border tensions between India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

In a tweet posted in response to the Twitter handle TheLegalSquad that highlighted the use of CamScanner by Delhi Police, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Central Delhi, said: “It was inadvertently done. We are rectifying it. Thanks for sharing.”

CamScanner is a popular mobile application used to scan documents, and was among the first tranche of Chinese apps to be banned by India in June 2020 over concerns of national security.

Law student Aniket Gaurav, who operates TheLegalSquad handle, told ThePrint that the Delhi Police had uploaded their response to various applications filed under the Right to Information Act (RTI) on a central government online portal after scanning them through CamScanner.

Gaurav brought this to the notice of the agency through a tweet, prompting the DCP to respond with a promise of rectifying the situation.

A government statement had said the banned apps engaged in activities “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order”.

“It has been noted recently that such concerns also pose a threat to sovereignty and security of our country. The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources, including several reports about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India,” read the statement.

Also read: How India bans apps, can ban be beaten? All you want to know about govt’s China app ban

RTI applications shine spotlight on CamScanner

Gaurav has filed several RTI applications with the Delhi Police, seeking information on various issues related to the force’s functioning.

While most of his applications were filed online, a hard copy of these were sent to Delhi Police through speed post. All his queries received an online response, with Delhi Police uploading scanned copies of necessary documents.

“I noticed that a few units of Delhi Police have used the banned application to scan the RTI reply documents,” Gaurav told ThePrint.

All these responses were signed by senior police officers posted with various Delhi Police departments.

Also read: Can Chinese apps appeal India’s ban? Section 69A of IT Act has the answer


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  1. Now there are Indian scanner apps like Prodoc Scanner which I find better than Camscanner or adobe Scanner… moreover you are not going to get any updates on camscanner … I am more than satisfied with prodoc scanner, there’s no need to persist with Camscanner anymore.

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