Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has instructed 33 app developers to snuggle the practice of accumulating users’ private data without first getting consent from its users, under threat of penalties, the seriousness of which are yet to be articulate.
The developers, including Baidu, Tencent, iFlytek, and Sogou, have been granted ten days to comply with users’ data privacy regulations and execute necessary improvements.
The targeted applications include 17 navigation apps and 15 text-input applications.
The decision comes after users started complaining that they were insisted to part with their data or be denied app services, even if the app does not need to be said data to function.
This data breach puts users’ private data in danger of misuse by unauthorized third parties for unknown reasons or accessed by hackers if the app is breached or compromised. The terms of personal internet security cleared that one keeps tabs on what, where, and with whom somewhat data is shared.
In the past, Chinese citizens complained that have been swindled out of their money through such unsafe procedures, prompting action by Chinese authorities.
This action is part of China’s general crackdown on unscrupulous or unethical data accumulation and better privacy policies, as well as a general clampdown on tech giants, beginning November 2020, when e-commerce mammoth Alibaba and its subsidiary Ant Group were blacklisted from listing their IPOs.
In December, Chinese authorities laid out the instructions for the forms of data that 39 app types are permitted to gather, as reported by TechCrunch.
In most cases, some types of apps must collect and utilize some types of data, such as Map or navigation apps and the users’ location, or Ride-hailing apps asking your location data and actual identity. On the other hand, some other apps are not justified in asking for additional private user data than what is essential to provide the service.
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