China has increased scrutiny of its technology sector in recent weeks, last month drafting anti-monopoly rules for tech firms.
“In recent years, mobile internet applications have been widely used and have played an important role in promoting economic and social development and serving people’s livelihoods,” the cyber administration said in a statement.
“At the same time, it is common for apps to collect … personal information beyond their scope, and users cannot install and use them if they refuse to agree.”
For ride-hailing apps, the draft rules regard a user’s phone number, or other personal identity information, as well as their location and destination, as falling within the scope of required information.
Online payment apps, meanwhile, need the registered user’s phone number or other ID information, as well as the bank card numbers of both payer and payee, according to the draft rules, which are open to public feedback until Dec. 16.
(Reporting by Tom Daly and Brenda Goh; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)