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China Issues Rules to Regulate Mobile Internet Apps Information Services

The State Internet Information Office recently issued the Provisions on the Administration of Mobile Internet Applications (Apps) Information Services, which will take effect on 1 August 2016. These provisions are promulgated to strengthen the management of mobile Internet apps information services, promote the healthy and orderly development of this industry, and protect the legitimate rights and interests of citizens, legal persons and other organisations, said an official of this office.

According to this official, apps have become the main software used in mobile Internet information services and play an important role in providing public services and aiding economic and social development. However, a small number of apps have been used by law-breakers to spread violence, terror, obscenity, pornography, rumour and other information that violates laws and regulations. Even theft of personal data, malicious deduction of fees, fraud and other acts of jeopardising the legitimate rights and interests of users are found in some of these apps to the strong resentment of members of the public.

The Provisions make it clear that mobile Internet apps providers must strictly implement the responsibility system for data security management, establish and improve mechanisms for protecting user information security, protect in accordance with law users' right to know and to choose in the course of installation and use, and respect and protect intellectual property rights.

Under these provisions, mobile Internet apps providers and Internet apps stores must not use apps to engage in activities prohibited by laws and regulations, such as those endangering national security, disrupting social order and infringing upon the legitimate rights and interests of others, and must not use these apps to produce, reproduce, publish and disseminate information prohibited by laws and regulations. Party and government organs at all levels, enterprises and public institutions and people's organisations are encouraged to actively make use of apps to advance government transparency, provide public services and promote economic and social development.

For details of the Provisions in Chinese, please see:

http://www.cac.gov.cn/2016-06/28/c_1119123114.htm

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