China: MIIT releases seventh batch of notifications to apps on violations of user rights in 2023
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China (MIIT) published, on November 17, 2023, a notice of its seventh batch of notifications to apps on violations of users' rights in 2023.
Background to the notifications
The MIIT noted it had recently instructed third-party testing agencies to inspect online audio and video mobile apps, among others, and third-party software development kits (SDKs) in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), the Cybersecurity Law, the Telecommunications Regulations, and the Regulations on the Protection of Personal Information of Telecommunications and Internet Users.
Findings of the MIIT
Following its investigation, 13 apps and SDKs were found to infringe the rights and interests of users by undertaking frequent and excessive permission requests, illegally collecting personal information, as well as collecting personal information beyond the applicable scope.
In the aftermath of the investigation, the MIIT detailed that relevant apps and SDKs should complete the relevant rectification and implementation, noting that if rectification is not made within the time limit, it will arrange relevant disposal in accordance with laws and regulations.
You can read the press release, only available in Chinese, here.