China issues new rules to crackdown on predatory mobile app practices

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In a bid to protect consumer rights, China has issued new rules aimed at cracking down on predatory practices by mobile apps. The regulations come as part of a broader effort to address concerns about privacy and data security in the country. The rules require app makers to be transparent about their data collection and usage practices, and to obtain explicit consent from users before accessing their personal information.

The move comes amid growing scrutiny of China’s tech sector, which has come under fire for its handling of user data and alleged monopolistic practices. Chinese authorities have been ramping up efforts to regulate the industry in recent years, imposing hefty fines on tech companies found to be violating consumer rights and antitrust rules.

The new rules, which were announced by China’s State Administration for Market Regulation, will take effect on March 1. The agency has said that it will closely monitor compliance with the regulations, and that it will take action against any companies found to be flouting the rules.

The move is likely to be welcomed by consumers in China, who have long complained about the prevalence of spam and other unwanted messages on their mobile devices. However, some industry insiders have expressed concern that the new rules could stifle innovation and make it harder for start-ups to compete with established players in the market.

As China’s tech sector continues to grow and evolve, it remains to be seen how effective these new regulations will be in curbing predatory practices and protecting consumer rights.

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