(Yicai Global) Nov. 25 -- Chinese authorities are requesting that internet giant Tencent Holding’s new apps and updated versions of existing apps are checked before release as some have been found to contravene the country’s new personal information law that came into effect at the beginning of the month.
Nine of Tencent’s apps were found to infringe on users’ rights and interests, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said yesterday. All the firm’s latest apps must undergo testing from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31 by the ministry before they can be released to the market.
Tencent is cooperating with regulatory authorities regarding compliance testing, the Shenzhen-based company said. Users can still download and use existing versions of its apps as the checks take place. But some updates have been suspended for the moment.
Activities such as the collection, application, processing and trading of personal information will be strictly monitored, according to the new law. Online platforms with large numbers of users must come up with detailed rules to regulate the behavior of parties that provide services through these platforms and set parameters for their data collection and processing activities.
Tencent’s share price [HKG:0700] was trading up 1.57 percent at HKD479.60 (USD61) today.
Editor: Kim Taylor