The 33 apps on which Cyberspace Administration of China have spoken about taking action include apps from Sogou, Baidu, Tencent, QQ and Zhejiang Jianxin Technology.
China App Ban
Following complaints from users and the Cyberspace Administration of China, China has listed 33 apps, including technology companies such as Baidu and Tancent, that were allegedly collecting users’ data and breaking regulatory rules.
They have been instructed to remove their shortcomings within just 15 days. According to ZDNet’s report, China’s cyberspace administration has listed 33 mobile apps for violating various rules, citing complaints lodged by users.
Cases involving violations of large tech companies
China’s Cyberspace Administration (CAC) said in a statement that these apps violated local regulations. In particular, monitoring or collecting personal data is not relevant to their service. The agency said, “When the authorities assessed other apps including the Map Navigation app, it was found that the rules have been violated by the operators of these apps.”
These apps that violate rules and collect users’ data include apps from Sogou, Baidu, Tencent, QQ and Zhejiang Jianxin Technology. The Chinese government has stepped up efforts to tighten the growing influence of tech companies and protect users’ rights.
Alibaba fined $ 2.8 billion last year
In the same episode last month, Chinese regulators fined 18.2 billion yuan ($ 2.8 billion) on the legendary e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding. According to the Alibaba-owned South China Morning Post, Jack Ma’s company by the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) has more than double (6.1 billion yuan) payments made by chipmaker Qualcomm on the company. This fine was imposed on Alibaba for violating anti-monopoly rules.
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