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02 October 2020
On 16 July 2020 China Central Television's (CCTV's) 3.15 programme exposed that third-party software development kit (SDK) plug-ins for mobile phones were collecting and using users' personal information. It was reported that technicians found that the SDK plug-ins from two companies (ie, Credit X and Zhaocai Dog) which are embedded in more than 50 apps were collecting user information without prior notice.
In response, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) immediately asked the relevant entities to investigate the enterprises involved in accordance with the law.(1) The MIIT ordered:
As a next step, the MIIT will adopt normalised regulatory measures to strengthen the comprehensive management of apps. The MIIT will also increase the management and investigation of various unlawful activities (eg, the collection and use of users' personal information without consent) to effectively protect users' legitimate rights and interests.
For further information on this topic please contact Samuel Yang or Yang Chen at AnJie Law Firm by telephone (+86 10 8567 5988) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). The AnJie Law Firm website can be accessed at www.anjielaw.com.
(1) See here.
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