China launches campaign to clean up apps

China has announced a 6 months-long campaign to clean up applications that violates consumer rights, cybersecurity and disturbing market order. The campaign was launched on Friday by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

The order is part of a wider effort to crack down on tech industries and police use of personal information. Authorities have ordered fines and other penalties for some of China’s biggest tech companies.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology identified 22 specific scenarios that required urgent rectification include

malicious blocking of website links and interference with other companies’ products or services; threats to data security, due to a failure to encrypt sensitive information while it is being transmitted, and failure to obtain users’ consent before providing data to other parties.

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