Beijing Business Today, 10/15/13
On November 1, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) will begin enforcement of regulations for pre-installed smartphone handset software. The regulations were first released in April 2013.
According to the new requirements, mobile terminal manufacturers applying for handset network access permits will be required to provide information about all preloaded handset software to the MIIT for vetting. As part of the new rules, handset manufacturers are prohibited from pre-installing any software that will collect or modify user information without the expressed permission of the user.
Preloading of handset software in mainland China can take place at a number of points in the handset distribution process, including: handset manufacturing, operator handset procurement, and at retail distribution locations.
Editor's Note: For more background on this topic, please see "MIIT Releases Pre-Installed App Regulations" MD 4/19/13 issue.