App Operators Fix Up After Shanghai's Cyber Watchdog Probe
Dou Shicong
/SOURCE : yicai
App Operators Fix Up After Shanghai's Cyber Watchdog Probe

(Yicai Global) Feb. 11 -- Most of the issues Shanghai's internet regulator discovered in an October review of the permissions 23 mobile request from a users' phone have now been resolved, according to a follow-up investigation.

Some 158 of 164 "irrational" authorization requests had been resolved as of the middle of last month, and 98 of 113 "rational but risky" permission demands had been cleared, the Shanghai Cyberspace Administration announced today.

Among the applications were some of Chinese consumer's favorites, such as e-commerce platform Pinduoduo, meal delivery provider Ele.me and Alibaba's New Retail supermarket and restaurant Hema Fresh. Pinduoduo's five issues are now all fixed, while one of Ele.me's 10 and two of Hema's 12 cannot yet be resolved.

The watchdog has put an action plan in place to rectify the remaining irrational issues, while the 15 outstanding rational but risky problems cannot be fixed due to limitations of the Android operating system, the administration said.

It will conduct a comprehensive assessment of apps' privacy policies and examine the way they gather information about citizens' daily lives to ensure the legitimate rights and interests of internet users, it added.

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