More than half of Chinese phone applications, including platforms for payments, email and online shopping, were tested by a Chinese consumer rights organization and considered to collect too much information about the user. Almost half of the apps did not have adequate terms of privacy.
Some 59 apps out of 100 overly retain information about the phone user's location, the China Consumers Association showed in its report. The study vetted 100 platforms in 10 different categories on Android and iOS app stores in September, assessed by experts and volunteers.
Some 28% of these platforms were collecting excessive information about contacts, while 23% of them stored data related to the user's identity. What was alarming was that 47% of these apps did not have proper terms of privacy.
Source: Yicai Global