Chinese app store visitors must now be identified with names kept on a list for 60-days

Chinese app store visitors must now be identified with names kept on a list for 60-days
New regulations in China are in effect, and they require smartphone manufacturers and wireless carriers to track everyone in China who visits a mobile application "store." The list needs to be held for 60-days, and posts that include banned content must be reported to authorities. In addition, developers of mobile apps must have their identities verified, and mobile device users must grant permission for an app to collect personal data including information about their location and their contacts list.

The new rules were posted this morning on the Cyberspace Administration of China’s website and the tracking includes visits to such popular app purveyors as the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. By tracking visitors to these app stores and keeping an eye on their posts, the administration of President Xi Jinping can quickly censor criticism of the government while monitoring for content that is banned, such as porn. The new rules even impact China's search engine provider Baidu, which must report banned content and verify the identity of advertisers.

As with many regulations in the the country, the new rules are vague which means it is up to the authorities to decide how strictly it will enforce them.

source: Bloomberg

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6 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Great! The news is in just in time for dinner!

2. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Coming soon to the USA.

3. Micky_Mouse

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 28, 2016

I can criticize you but you can't criticize me. Awesome.

4. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

This will just lead to more jailbreaking and rooting of phones to gain access to underground apps and content... which will then lead to more mallware, spyware, and viruses for those users - unfortunately.

5. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

no porn? Poor people :(

6. Ankit_27

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 20, 2016

Unfortunate and sad.

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