Virtual Keyboard Apps Removed From Chinese App Stores

An iFlytek firm signal is seen on the Equipment and Electronics World Expo (AWE) in Shanghai, China March 23, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Tune

Chinese language app shops eliminated a number of apps developed by firms together with Sogou (SOGO.N) and Iflytek (002230.SZ) amid elevated scrutiny of the know-how sector and information safety.

As of Friday afternoon, the so-called enter methodology apps, which function digital keyboards, couldn't be downloaded on Chinese language Apple (AAPL.O) iOS retailer and Android app shops operated by Chinese language smartphone makers comparable to Huawei.

Iflytek mentioned in a press release that the app was eliminated because of violations of private information assortment guidelines, and it already accomplished the "rectification" and was at the moment ready for approval from the regulators.

Sougou did not instantly reply to a request for remark.

In April, China issued draft tips in search of to restrict the scope of cellular apps' assortment of private information. read more

Apps in China have been briefly eliminated by regulators for mishandling person information or improper content material, with present customers unaffected.

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