Alibaba's security team was the first to discover the Log4j vulnerability. Though Alibaba Cloud was not compromised, the company is nevertheless facing consequences for failing to notify Chinese regulators within two days as required by new laws passed in September 2021.
Chinese Internet users have become much more vocal about what they perceive to be potential breach of privacy by China Internet Giants - Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent.
Apple's commitment to user privacy and human rights called into question by ignoring a second request to testify before Congress on Chinese censorship and a recent vote that saw over 40% of its shareholders express that the company should stop removing apps when the Chinese government demands it.
The Trump administration set the internet ablaze when it issued an executive order that sets a firm date for a TikTok ban. That Tencent-owned WeChat would also be included was something of a surprise.
The Chinese government is in a race to crack the code invented by social media users to circumvent government censorshop on discussions related to the coronavirus outbreak.
China has added a "color code" in their national surveillance system to mark citizens according to their level of COVID-19 contagion risk and flag those with yellow and red codes for quarantine.
China released new rules on data collection of personal information to prevent app developers from sharing user data without permission and collecting data not required for the functioning of app.
China Mobile’s growth in 5G subscribers has been consistent. The company has gone from 2.55 million subscribers In Dec 2019 to 6.74 million in Jan 2020, and hopes to reach 70 million 5G subscribers by the end of 2020.
If the new rules are approved, a broad range of Chinese companies will be subject to screening of data transfers that involve personal information or pertain to critical infrastructure.
The current wave of action against mobile apps stems from an early November promise from the CAC to "clean up" those that are committing privacy violations or facilitating criminal activity.