CAC Announces New Registration Requirements for Mobile App Stores
On January 13, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China published a notice on its website entitled “CAC Launches Registration of Internet App Stores” (国家网信办启动互联网应用商店备案工作). Some excerpts:
In order to further promote the healthy and orderly development of the Internet app store industry and regulate mobile Internet application program the (APP) information services, the Cyberspace Administration of China recently issued the "Notice Regarding the Launching of an Internet App Store Registration Campaign" in accordance with the "Rules on the Administration of Mobile Internet Application Program Information Services" requiring that starting from January 16 Internet Information Offices in every province, autonomous region, and independent municipality shall officially commence work on registering Internet application stores.
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A CAC spokesperson explained that, Internet application store registration is aimed at overseeing and promoting app stores' taking responsibility, strengthening screening of apps that go up, promoting the healthy and orderly development of the mobile Internet, and will focus on "three applications": first, the operators of app store businesses must submit a registration application; second, when an app store's registered information changes it must apply to change its registration; third, when an app store ceases service it must apply to cancel its registration.
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