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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:

App

Version

Issue

QQ Music

V8.9.1.4

Excessive text message solicitations

Kuwo Music

V9.0.7.2

Excessive text message solicitations

NetEase News

V48.1

Excessive voice recording requests

Shuqi Novel (online reading site backed by Alibaba)

V10.7.4.72

Excessive location identification requests

Ctrip Travel

V8.0.1

Excessive contact list requests

Tongcheng Travel (ly.com)
(affiliate of Tencent-backed Hong Kong-listed Tongcheng-Elong

V9.0.7

Excessive text message solicitations

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

V5.11.1.7527

Excessive text message solicitations

Tmall

V7.9.0

Excessive text message solicitations

Huya Livestream

V6.8.2

Excessive text message solicitations

Huajiao Livestream

V6.6.5.1017

Excessive user contact list requests

Panda Livestream (Panda.tv)

V4.4.40.8058

Excessive text message requests

Youdao (online dictionary backed by NetEase)

V7.7.3

Excessive location identification requests

Youdao Translator

V3.7.6

Excessive location identification requests

Wannengkan (web browser assistance backed by Baidu)

V9.5.3

Collecting personal information without user approval

Data from http://www.isc.org.cn

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

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