The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has put a temporary ban on product upgrades. It occurs as the tech sector regulator examines conformity with privacy laws that were implemented earlier this month. Nevertheless, current versions of the applications may still be obtained and used normally.
It is to be comprehended that the stoppage of new application rollouts including upgrades will remain until the conclusion of the year while they go through a technical assessment by the authority. “It is our priority to improve user safety as well as touch base with the appropriate government agencies to ensure conformity”. Our apps are still operational and accessible for download “Tencent stated in a press release.
The measure occurred after Beijing began implementing its Data Security Law in early November. The new laws are intended to tighten regulation of how technology companies manage the data of their consumers. That is part of the Chinese administration’s broader strategy of increasing supervision over many of the country’s largest technological enterprises.
According to CCTV, the MIIT stated that all new application rollouts and upgrades as of November 24 through the end of the year would be examined before they are rendered accessible to the public. Recently, the industry has been subjected to a barrage of regulatory action, including clampdowns on eCommerce enterprises, online banking services, social networking platforms, gaming companies, cloud service providers, ride-hailing applications, and crypto miners and exchanges.
According to commentators, China’s decision to prohibit internet behemoth Tencent Holdings from updating or releasing new applications is a reminder to other digital businesses in the nation that Beijing does not play games when it comes to correcting data gathering tactics.
It is alleged that the pause placed on Tencent, the company behind WeChat is a signal to app makers from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) that they have to comply with new laws and regulations governing the managing of user data.
As per a different report by the Chinese tabloid China Business News, the enforcement action against Tencent was part of MIIT’s broader drive to ensure applications follow the criteria of the Personal Data Protection Law, which went into force this November. According to unnamed sources, the ministry has mandated that all new applications and upgrades from November 24 through the end of the year go through the same review procedure by the ministry. An application’s regulatory evaluation typically takes seven days.
MIIT has not formally announced any actions against Tencent, nor has it verified claims that it will assess new applications and app upgrades before making them available in-app shops. Tencent made a formal post on Weixin – the local version of WeChat – on Thursday, including a snapshot of a debate wherein government organizations and state corporations, have begun to quit using the social media platform owing to data safety concerns. Tencent has labeled the conversation as a hoax.
On November 6, the ministry issued a notification asking China’s leading internet businesses to alter the privacy terms and conditions in their applications so that they are more easily understood by common users. It was mandated that technology businesses properly advise consumers of the reason for obtaining their information from a phonebook, address book, or location. All changes must be finished by the end of December.
Separately, Chinese app retailers have already been incentivized to evaluate apps to check if they meet information privacy regulations to avoid the release of “anomalous applications.” This effort is expected to be finished by the end of December. Tencent, Alibaba Group Holding Kuaishou Technology, Meituan, Byte Dance, Weibo, and Didi Chuxing were among the 39 Big Tech companies selected by the government to undergo rectification. The South China Morning Post is a leading media agency owned by Alibaba.
According to You Yunting, a senior attorney at Shanghai Debund Law Firm, Beijing’s current effort against Tencent may be tied to the internet giant’s alleged misbehavior in other areas. On the exterior, the whole event wherein Tencent has been prohibited from upgrading its applications has been attributed only to the state’s campaign against apps that violate users’ rights,” Mr. You explained. “There is a possibility of the matter being linked to the slow approach in unclogging out-going web links”.
“As of present, Tencent has only enabled a few WeChat and QQ sites.” “Even so, it has not unlocked all of the links,” You stated. Tencent shares surged 1.2% in Hong Kong on Thursday, surpassing the Hang Seng stock market index, which rose 0.2%, and the Hang Seng Tech Index, which increased 1%.