(Yicai Global) Jan. 16 -- The China's internet regulator has ordered local governments to review mobile app stores to make sure they carefully screen apps for security threats before making them available.
As of today, app marketplaces must keep records and submit back up materials to local web regulators in charge of the areas where their 'Internet Content Provider' license was filed or granted, the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs said in a notice.
App stores have become popular as a distribution channel and access point for mobile software, a regulator spokesman said. However, careless marketplaces have frequently allowed apps that spread illegal information, damage users' lawful interests and feature security risks to be released.
China has many third-party Android app distribution sites including shouji.baidu.com, android.myapp.com and wandoujia.com from Baidu Inc. [NASDAQ:BIDU], Tencent Holding Ltd. [HK:00700] and Alibaba Group [NYSE:BABA], respectively.