January 25, 2022

TheCyberThrone

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Tencent Games Headache

Chinese regulators have told video game giant Tencent that it will need to submit its apps to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, or MIIT, before launching or updating them.

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The MIIT said it wanted to conduct “technology testing” to ensure that the company’s apps comply with privacy standards. The announcement comes as China begins rolling out new data protection laws that restrict how much user data and personal information tech companies can store.

MIIT announced that it was stepping up its efforts to protect user data and notified the operators of 38 popular apps that they had just five days to change the way they collect user data or face fines. Tencent was among those named and the changes were supposed to be in place by November 9.

For Tencent, this has been a year spent in the government’s crosshairs. Antitrust regulators singled it out for allegedly improperly making exclusive licensing deals as part of its music unit. In August, China imposed new restrictions on video gaming for minors, declaring young people could only play a few hours a week. Video games are a core of Tencent’s business. Tencent responded by cutting minors’ playing time on Honor of Kings, one of its most popular games.

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Tencent was quoted saying that it was continuously working to enhance user protection features within our apps, and also have regular co-operation with relevant government agencies to ensure regulatory compliance.

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