In China, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has just convicted 145 applications, some of which were created by Amazon, NetEase, or even Douyin (Chinese version of TikTok) owned by ByteDance, for violating user rights. A situation that shows once again the enthusiasm of the country to fight against the intensive collection and use of personal data by companies. Recently we learned in particular that the company I have forced to withdraw 25 of its applications, including its service to VTC drivers.
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While China is found guilty of hacking Microsoft Exchange by the EU, NATO and the US, the Middle Kingdom has just attacked several applications for violating user rights. A total of 145 applications are affected.
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MIIT states that Amazon and NetEase’s Chinese application illegally collected information about users. The American e-commerce company responded quickly, stating that it would continue to ” Working closely with the ministry to ensure we meet their requirements “.
For its part, Douyin Lite, a light version of TikTok’s Chinese application, is accused of not clearly mentioning the data collected on the application page in the Apple App Store. Other information, Huya, a platform similar to Twitch and powered by Tencent, allegedly fooled, misled or forced users to activate certain permissions.
To avoid sanctions, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has announced that the 145 applications must be corrected by July 26, 2021. In the past, very few applications named by the ministry no longer worked. For example, of the 41 previously reported apps, only three have been closed and only one is not yet available.
In the past few months, China’s internet regulators MIIT and the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) have stepped up the protection of user data. In particular, sanctions are imposed on applications that collect too much personal data unrelated to their basic services or that force users to give uninformed consent to the use of their data. Recently, the Chinese police arrived at Didi Chuxing, a VTC service similar to Uber, after collecting a lot of personal and card data.