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China to Tighten Regulations on App Information Service

Wed, 09 Feb 2022
Categories: China Legal Trends

On 5 Jan. 2022, the Cyberspace Administration of China issued the “Administrative Provisions on Mobile Internet Application Information Service (Draft for Public Comment)” (hereinafter “the Draft”, 移动互联网应用程序信息服务管理规定) to solicit public opinions through 20 Jan. 2022. The Draft serves as an amendment to the previous version, which has been in effect since 1 August 2016.

The Draft mainly points out that:

  1. Users registering for information dissemination, instant messaging, or other services with apps shall authenticate their identity;
  2. App providers shall establish a sound censorship mechanism of information content;
  3. App distribution platforms shall report to the regulatory authorities once the business starts to operate;
  4. App distribution platforms shall report to the regulatory authority about their running apps; and,
  5. App distribution platforms shall authenticate the identity of the app providers who apply to launch their apps.

 

 

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Contributors: CJO Staff Contributors Team

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