Apple to face more scrutiny as China cracks down on apps

“More than half a billion Chinese smartphone users face increased monitoring of their mobile app usage thanks to new laws targeting operators including Apple Inc.” David Ramli reports for Bloomberg. “App stores and providers must establish the identity of users, while monitoring and reporting postings that contain banned content. The legitimacy of developers who post apps for download must also be verified, according to new rules posted on the Cyberspace Administration of China’s website.”

“All app stores and providers are now required to keep a record of users’ activity for 60 days,” Ramli reports. “The regulations mark one of the most comprehensive efforts so far to oversee mobile applications, which are mushrooming in popularity alongside smartphone use. They’re part of a broader effort by President Xi Jinping’s government to clamp down on content deemed sensitive — anything from critiques of the Communist Party to porn.”

Ramli reports, “The Cyberspace Administration has become a key force shaping China’s internet landscape in the two years since Xi established it, churning out regulations to curb public criticism and other perceived threats to the government.”

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MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back in May:

Business and political models that fly in the face of human nature are doomed to failure.

Apple is moving with human nature. Humans seek privacy. Privacy is a human right. Humans seek freedom of speech, thought, and expression. These, too, are human rights.

China’s government is fighting against the tide of human nature on these fronts. Apple is flowing with it; indeed, helping to propel it.

In the end, Apple’s ideas will win and China’s government’s will lose. Those who try to thwart human nature are doomed to failure.

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  1. Apple’s laudable stance on privacy would seem to fly in the face of these latest pronouncements from Beijing. It will be interesting to see who blinks first…and it won’t be Apple!


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