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By Zhao Runhua / Dec 31, 2018 11:26 AM / Politics & Law

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

Apps are hungry for your data. Some of them are a little too hungry.

The Internet Society of China (ISC), a non-governmental organization backed by China’s internet watchdog, has just released a list of 14 apps (see below) that seek to "excessively collect user data.”

ISC urged app developers on the list to contact the agency as soon as possible to discuss their user privacy issues. Investigators will then release follow-up actions they deem necessary.

This isn’t the first red flag waved about potentially data-violating apps in China. On Nov. 28, the China Consumers Association said that 91 out 100 apps it tested had problems related to excessive collection of user data.


 14 Apps That Excessively Sought User Data, According to ISC:




QQ Music


Excessive text message solicitations

Kuwo Music


Excessive text message solicitations

NetEase News


Excessive voice recording requests

Shuqi Novel (online reading site backed by Alibaba)


Excessive location identification requests

Ctrip Travel


Excessive contact list requests

Tongcheng Travel (
(affiliate of Tencent-backed Hong Kong-listed Tongcheng-Elong


Excessive text message solicitations

Kuaishou (Tencent and Sequoia Capital China backed short video sharing app)


Excessive text message solicitations



Excessive text message solicitations

Huya Livestream


Excessive text message solicitations

Huajiao Livestream


Excessive user contact list requests

Panda Livestream (


Excessive text message requests

Youdao (online dictionary backed by NetEase)


Excessive location identification requests

Youdao Translator


Excessive location identification requests

Wannengkan (web browser assistance backed by Baidu)


Collecting personal information without user approval

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Related: Editorial: For Personal Data, Business Interests Shouldn't Trump Security

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