China has taken measures against apps to collect excess data
China has taken measures against apps to collect excess data

China launched a new policy against smartphone apps that illegally collect user data, and instructed several technology companies such as Alibaba and Tencent to remove incompatible apps as soon as possible.

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said in a statement: The authorities will also test more than 50 applications in third-party institutions and remove them from the app store if they violate data protection regulations.

In particular, the app was tested to determine whether the Zhaozhaowangwang and CraiditX SDK were misused.

Tested applications include financial technology products (Gome Easecard) and smart home applications (Midea Aircon Controller). The China Consumer Rights Protection Organization (Gala 315) has accused these products of collecting user information such as personal contact lists and SMS messages via the SDK. ) Without the user’s explicit consent.

In response to the Chinese consumer rights protection organization (Gala 315), CraikitX said in a statement: Because of the potential for abuse, the company launched an internal investigation and stopped using the SDK in late 2019.

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) requires major technology companies to verify whether the applications presented in the App Store use similar technologies. The Ministry undertakes to increase penalties and disclose applications that illegally access customer data.

These new initiatives are another step in China to prevent businesses that violate market privacy with the largest number of Internet users.

Last December, China published a new law to prevent the illegal collection of user personal data across apps.

These laws prohibit many practices, such as not publishing service laws, clarifying the purpose and method of data collection, collecting and sharing personal information without user consent, and collecting user information that is not related to the services provided.

Earlier this month, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislator, began revising the Data Security Law, which was designed to protect the legal rights of individuals and organizations. And promoting the development of the digital economy.

MIIT said: By November last year, it had tested more than 80,000 requests and had ordered 8,000 applications to be corrected.

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