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China Launches Campaign against Cyber Industry

On Monday July 26, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced that it will launch a six-month special campaign against the country’s Internet industry. The campaign focuses on “threats to data security and violations of user rights.” MIIT’s action is seen as part of a larger purge of high-tech companies and a police action against so-called “misuse” of personal information. The MIIT had launched a similar campaign in November 2019, targeting applications (apps) that violate users’ rights. By June 11 of this year, a total of 117 apps had been put under examination. The Chinese government is intensifying enforcement actions against tech giants in the areas of anti-monopoly, data security, and financial compliance. Tech giants have almost total control of China’s entertainment, retail and other industries.

Source: Voice of America, July 26, 2021