Tencent Suspends Roll Out of New apps Over Privacy Concerns
Popular Tech giant, Tencent has been instructed to suspend the roll out of new apps in China.
The country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), issued a temporary suspension of updates to the products.
It comes as the technology industry regulator reviews compliance with privacy rules introduced this month.
However, current versions of the apps are still available to be downloaded and used as normal.
“We are continuously working to enhance user protection features within our apps, and also have regular cooperation with relevant government agencies to ensure regulatory compliance.
Our apps remain functional and available for download,” Tencent said in statement.
The move came after Beijing started to implement its Information Protection Law from the beginning of November.
The new rules are aimed to regulate how technology firms handle their users’ data.It is part of a wider policy by the Chinese government to increase its oversight of the country’s technology companies.
Tencent, is among the world’s biggest video games seller.The company owns the WeChat super app and QQ messaging platform.