China pushes to tighten app data privacy

China pushes to tighten app data privacy

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) published a draft of rules designed to limit mobile app developers from collecting user data, an attempt to regulate the growing technology sector.

Reuters reported, 38 categories of apps were covered such as online shopping, ride-hailing, instant messengers and bike-sharing.

The security watchdog said it was concerned about data protection and consumer rights, and noted it suspended apps deemed to have mishandled user data.

“In recent years, mobile internet applications have been widely used and have played an important role in promoting economic and social development and serving people’s livelihoods,” it said in a statement.

“At the same time, it is common for apps to collect ... personal information beyond their scope, and users cannot install and use them if they refuse to agree.”

The CAC opened a public consultation on the proposed rules with feedback welcomed until December 16.