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Tencent, Sina and apps, is focused on China’s privacy crackdown

FILE PHOTO: A Tencent subscribe to the World of Internet Conference held in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, on the 20th October 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Aly Song

BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Thursday criticised the 41 apps such as Tencent messaging app QQ, and Sina’s sport app, for allegedly forcing users to hand over personal data is a part of an ongoing campaign to boost the digital privacy and protection.

Tencent’s application has made it difficult to get to the deactivation of an account, and it is necessary that the user has permission to give you access to a wide variety of details, with the industry and information technology ministry said.

Sina Sports, a major sports news website in China, used to collect personal information without the consent of, the ministry added in a statement.

QQ is very popular among young people, and has 653.4 million monthly active users, is one of the largest messaging app in the country, in addition to WeChat.

Of the 41 apps that were ordered to make changes by Dec. 31, or face prosecution.

Tencent and Sina, do not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The ministry said it had requested more than 100 changes to the software application as a component of the right to privacy crackdown, with more than 8,000 applications to meet until now.

Reporting Pei Li and Brenda Goh; Editing by Stephen Coates

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