China directs 33 apps to stop collecting users' data

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China has listed 33 apps, including tech giants like Baidu and Tencent, that reportedly collected users data.

The listed apps have been directed to plug the loopholes in less than 15 days, Indo-Asian News Service reports.

Citing complaints from users, the Cyberspace Administration of China listed 33 mobile apps for allegedly breaching various regulatory rules, reports IANS.

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement on 1 May that these apps had breached local regulations, primarily, for capturing personal data that were not relevant to their service.

The agency said "operators of the apps were found to have infringed the rules after authorities assessed several popular apps, including map navigation apps".

Among the list are apps from Sogou, Baidu, Tencent, QQ, and Zhejiang Jianxin Technology.

The Chinese government has ramped up efforts to crack down on the increasing influence of tech companies and safeguard consumers' rights.