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30 October 2020
In order to effectively strengthen the protection of users' personal information, on 24 July 2020 the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued the Notice on Carrying out the Special Campaign to Promote Governance on Apps that Infringe Upon Users' Rights and Interests, requiring that a national app testing platform management system be launched before the end of August 2020.(1) The testing platform management system is expected to complete testing for 400,000 mainstream apps before 10 December 2020.
This campaign focuses on the following illegal behaviour by app service providers, software development kits (SDKs) and app distribution platforms:
According to the notice, the MIIT will use third-party testing agencies to conduct technical testing of apps and SDKs and supervise and inspect that app distribution platforms are fulfilling their responsibilities. Companies found to have problems during the first inspection will be ordered to complete rectification within five working days. If there are still problems after rectification, they may face punishment, including:
Companies that have repeated problems with different versions of the same app will face public exposure of their failure to fulfil their requirements under the notice as well as follow-up disposal measures.
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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