SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said on Wednesday that 43 apps, including Tencent Holdings Ltd’s WeChat, were found to have illegally transferred user data, and ordered their parent companies to make rectifications.
The list also included an e-reading app owned by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, as well as others managed by travel giant Trip.com, and video streamer iQiyi.
MIIT stated that the apps will have until Aug. 25 to make rectifications, or else they will be punished in accordance with relevant laws and regulations.
Alibaba iQiyi and Tencent did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Trip.com declined to comment.
The punishment comes during a year of ongoing regulatory scrutiny towards tech companies.
(Reporting by Josh Horwitz and Brenda Goh in Shanghai, Yingzhi Yang in Beijing; editing by Jason Neely and Anil D’Silva)