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China Says 33 Apps Break Rules in Gathering User Information

  • Violators include software provided by Baidu and Tencent
  • Most found to be collecting data irrelevant to their services
China Daily Life Amid Global Pandemic

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China said thirty-three applications, including map navigation software provided by Baidu Inc. and Tencent Holdings Ltd., violated regulations, with most collecting personal information that weren’t relevant to their services.

The operators of the apps were asked to rectify the issues within 10 working days or be subject to penalties, the Cyberspace Administration of China said in a statement, without elaborating. Authorities had carried out recent checks into apps that were widely used, the agency said.