Region: China

China warns apps over collection and use of data

China’s cybersecurity regulator has given 129 apps only days to fix their data practices, amid a wider crackdown on online data collection.

16 June 2021

US senators focus ire on TikTok

TikTok was the object of US senators’ wrath yesterday during a hearing on protecting children’s privacy, with the committee’s chair and ranking member slamming the company for allegedly ducking the inquiry.

19 May 2021

Tencent among apps targeted by Chinese regulator

A Chinese data regulator has ordered 84 apps to reduce the amount of data they collect, signalling the start of a turf war between enforcers.

11 May 2021

US defends sanctions against Chinese data processing company

The US Department of Justice has urged a court to reject Luokung Technology Corp’s attempt to obtain a temporary reprieve from Trump-era sanctions imposed over alleged links to China’s military.

22 April 2021

Biden administration mulls an end to TikTok and WeChat litigation

The Biden administration has said that it may end Trump’s campaign to ban TikTok and WeChat from the US.

19 April 2021

Clubhouse data protection practices face scrutiny

Popular audio social media app Clubhouse has said it is changing its data protection policies following an investigation by academics – but it still faces a probe by German data regulators.

15 February 2021

IP association: lack of data protection hinders drug development

Weak data protection rules in eight major economies are hurting US drug development companies, according to a major trade association of intellectual property owners.

29 January 2021

Trump moves to ban more Chinese apps

In a move similar to his contested restrictions on TikTok and WeChat, US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that would ban eight other Chinese-owned apps from the country on national security grounds.

06 January 2021

China ramps up digital enforcement with Alibaba probe

China’s competition watchdog has launched an antitrust probe into homegrown technology giant Alibaba over concerns that it forces merchants to exclusively use the platform to distribute their products.

05 January 2021

Trump delays TikTok ban as legal battles continue

The US Department of Commerce will delay its orders prohibiting TikTok from US app stores pending the outcome of ongoing litigation with plaintiffs who seek to reverse the government ban.

13 November 2020

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