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MIIT: Five Categories of Apps Banned from Smart Phones

Xinhua recently reported that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced on its official website that five categories of software are not allowed to be preinstalled on any smartphone sold in China or connected to China’s networks. The five categories are: (1) Apps that collect or modify users’ personal information without permission; (2) Apps that quietly make use of the communication capabilities of the device, causing unauthorized traffic; (3) Apps that block normal use of the smartphone functions or network functions; (4) Apps providing information banned by the government; (5) Apps causing other damage related to information security and network security. The new rules are set to take effect on November 1, 2013. In addition to rolling out new rules, it is widely expected that, between April and December, the MIIT will launch a campaign against “junk text messaging.” 
Source: Xinhua, April 20, 2013