Apple Bows to China, Starts Enforcing App Store Regulations in the Country
Apple has started requiring new apps to show proof of a Chinese government license before their release on its China App Store, joining local rivals that had adopted the policy years earlier to meet tightening state regulations.
"China announced its new app laws in August 2023, saying that developers must be either based in the country, or partnered with one that is."
"There are then privacy issues over where users' personal data is held, but the law primarily gives the Chinese government total control over what apps can be sold in its country."
"Apple resisted the law change, to the point of reportedly having staff meet with Chinese officials to object to it. Even following this, Apple still held out despite Chinese protests."
"According to Reuters, however, Apple has now begun complying. As of Friday, September 29, 2023, Apple has required developers to submit their Internet Content Provider (ICP) filing when submitting new apps."
"China has allowed a grace period for developers to comply, but for new apps that ended in September 2023. Existing apps have until March 2024."