2021-06-18

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China accused Tiktok, LinkedIn and dozens of other applications in the illegal user data collection

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The Chinese Cyberspace Administration (CAC) conducted an inspection of dozens of mobile applications and found out that 105 software products violate the laws of the country regulating the collection and processing of user data. The Chinese version of the Tiktok service from Bytedance, belonging to Microsoft Linkedin and Bing, the Kugou Music Service, as well as the mobile version of Baidu browser. All 105 applications have 15 days to eliminate disorders.

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This is the last batch of applications that has undergone a thorough check after on May 1, new rules of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technologies (MIIT) of China entered into force. Since then, CAC occasionally announces the identified violations and prescribes to developers to correct them. Prior to this, the regulator detected violations in applications from Tencent Group, Baidu and Alibaba Group Holding.

Recall that the new MIIT rules, which were first announced in March of this year, lay responsibility for the development of the so-called “excessive” data, which are not related to the basic functions of applications and force users to consent to process. Provision on personal information for mobile Internet applications covers the main functions and services for 39 categories of software products, including messengers, trading platforms, payment services, cutting platforms, mobile games, etc.

China’s authorities continue to work to curb violations in the field of collecting and processing confidential data on the world’s largest online market, numbering about 1 billion users. Within the framework of this activity last year, the Government developed a personal data protection law, which establishes fines of up to $ 50 million yuan (about $ 7.7 million) or 5% of the Company’s annual turnover for such violations.

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