Financial apps including those from WeBank and Bank of Communications criticized by MIIT

On July 24, the official website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) posted an announcement of a list of apps for the third time that had infringed on user rights in 2020.

On July 24, the official website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) posted an announcement of a list of apps for the third time that had infringed on user rights in 2020.

The notification pointed out that as of July 24, there were still 58 apps that had not yet been rectified, and should be rectified before July 30, or the MIIT would organize relevant actions in accordance with the law.

The 58 apps include a variety of financial apps. Among them, the “Xiaoe Huaqian” (小鹅花钱) app developed by WeBank has been found collecting personal information without the authorization of the users and hindering users to cancel their accounts.

As for the “Maidanba” (买单吧) app developed by the Bank of Communications, the infringements include forcing users to create targeted push notification, denying permission to use without authorization, excessively requesting authorization, and hindering users to cancel their accounts. Its “Xiaohuaqianbao” and “Huanba” apps are suspected of sharing user information with a third party unilaterally.

Disclaimer: This is an article created by Michael Liang for Chinasdg.org. You can find the original article here: https://chinasdg.org/2020/08/03/financial-apps-including-those-from-webank-and-bank-of-communications-criticized-by-miit/.

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