According to China, thirty-three applications have violated regulations, with collecting personal information that weren’t relevant to their services. These applications also included map navigation software provided by Baidu Inc. and Tencent Holdings Ltd.
The Cyberspace Administration of China without elaborating said in a statement that, the operators of the apps were asked to rectify the issues within 10 working days or be subject to penalties. According to the agency, authorities had carried out recent checks into apps that were widely used.
The statement also mentioned that, the regulator also found the apps collected personal data without users’ consent and operators tried to convince customers to allow access to mobile phone contact lists
The administration in March, published rules, that will ban mobile app operator from declining to offer basic services to customers who refuse to provide “unnecessary” personal information, and it vowed to “concretely protect” the rights of internet users. The rules went into effect on Saturday.
On concern over over the growing influence of internet companies in every aspect of Chinese life, and the vast amounts of data they’ve amassed through providing services like chatting, online shopping and ride-hailing, China has started to check the companies. The repression has already forced billionaire Jack Ma’s Ant Group Co. to scrap its initial public offering while regulators have levied a record fine against affiliate Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
It is also said that the government have proposed a state-backed venture with some of the country’s biggest e-commerce and payments platforms that would oversee the lucrative data they collect from hundreds of millions of consumers.