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The new rule, which authorities said was enacted to protect app users from the growing threat of terrorism, pornography, fraud and information theft, will affect all app stores at home and abroad Javon Hargrave Jersey , including Apple's App Store that enjoys a large presence in China.
The app rule is part of China's efforts to better manage the Internet and ensure security in cyberspace.
The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) released Tuesday six requirements for mobile app providers when operating in China, including the verification of users' identities based on their mobile phone numbers and other information, and not using the users' personal information without their consent.
The CAC also requires app providers to more closely monitor content. When illegal information is discovered, app providers are supposed to issue a warning, limit certain functions or suspend the person's account.
According to the regulations Sean Davis Jersey , app providers are forbidden from stealthily collecting users' location information and reading contact information, and are required to record user logs and preserve the information for at least 60 days.
"This is the first time the CAC has made rules focused on the apps market. The regulation serves as a basis for law enforcement. For example, the 60-day period could be used to gather evidence in criminal cases," said Wang Sixin, a law professor at the Communication University of China.
Wang told the Global Times on Tuesday that the new rules could help standardize the thriving mobile apps market and deter unlawful providers who have used apps to violate users' rights.
The mobile apps market has grown to 4 million apps in China Artie Burns Jersey , but illegal providers use apps to spread illicit content, steal users' personal information or engage in fraud, according to the CAC.
According to the draft cyber security law submitted to the top legislature on second reading on Monday, network operators must comply with social and business ethics and accept being supervised by both the government and the public.
The draft law states that big data applications must make information anonymous, and clearly define limits on the use of citizens' personal information Chukwuma Okorafor Jersey , according to the Xinhua News Agency.
Aside from app providers, the new CAC regulation also requires app stores to strictly review app providers.
App stores should review the authenticity, security and legitimacy of the providers' identities, urge them to offer complete instructions to users, and monitor piracy.
Wang said that before Tuesday's regulation Terrell Edmunds Jersey , app stores, including Android and Apple app stores, adopted their own rules on reviewing apps, but they mostly involved the quality of apps but lacked a standard.
"The regulation may affect the operations of Android app stores in China more than Apple's App Store since the former have lower access thresholds for app providers," Shen Yi James Conner Jersey , deputy director of the cyberspace management center at Fudan University, told the Global Times.
Almost every smartphone maker in China has its proprietary app store preinstalled