The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said Wednesday that 43 apps, including Tencent’s WeChat, were found to have illegally transferred user data and ordered the parent company to correct it. This move was made possible by the Chinese authorities’ increased regulatory oversight of various industries, with a particular focus on privacy and data. In a statement published online, regulators said the app illegally transferred the user’s contact list and location data and harassed the user in a pop-up window. The list also included an e-reader app owned by [Alibaba Group](// , And other companies managed by travel giant and video streamer iQiyi. MIIT said the app needs to be fixed by August 25th. Otherwise, you will be punished according to the relevant laws and regulations. Alibaba iQiyi and Tencent did not immediately respond to the request for comment. declined to comment. Penalties occur during a year of regulatory scrutiny of tech companies. On Tuesday, China’s State Administration of Market Regulation announced a series of draft rules aimed at improving fair competition and banning practices such as fake reviews and inflated public indicators. © Thomson Reuters 2021 Tencent’s WeChat among 42 apps China has accused of illegal user data transfer