China: 33 Apps Violated Personal Information Gathering

Thirty-three phone applications, including the map navigation software by Baidu Inc. and Tencent Holdings Ltd., violated the regulations of collecting personal information that were not relevant to their services and among others. 

At least six out of ten most popular Chinese apps like Helo, Shareit, and UC Browers demand users to give access to cameras and microphones on their smartphones even when such access is not required. 

The apps developers were given 10 working days to rectify the violations or be subject to penalties, said the Cyberspace Administration of China. 

Some of the applications are collecting personal data without users' consent and also accessing the mobile phone's contact lists, according to the department. 

In March, China's Cyberspace Administration has published rules that banned the mobile app operators from declining to offer basic services to customers who refuse to provide "unnecessary" personal information and vowed to "protect" the rights of internet users. 

China has recently imposed control over "internet" companies over the concerns of how the Chinese are growing dependent and being "influence" by the services like online shopping, chatting, and ride-hailing. 

Previously, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd was slapped with a record fine of 18 billion yuan (USD 2.75 billion) after an antitrust and antimonopoly probe found the e-commerce giant had abused its dominant market position for several years. 

The Chinese government is said to have proposed a state-backed venture with some of the country's biggest e-commerce and payment platform so that they can "oversee" the data collecting from their hundreds of millions of consumers. 

Check out the complete list of Chinese Apps that are in violations here


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