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To some extent, WeChat users were already aware of the possibility of the Chinese government reading their private information and messages, but it was still striking when this fact officially hit us last Friday with the Tencent-owned messaging app detailing all the user information it collects as well as its readiness to share this data with the government.
- In order to comply with applicable laws or regulations;
- In order to comply with a court order, subpoena or other legal processes;
- In response to a request by a government authority, law enforcement agency or similar body (whether situated in your jurisdiction or elsewhere);
- When (they) believe it is reasonably necessary to comply with applicable laws or regulations;
“It’s already hardly bearable to collect our personal information. Now WeChat is going too far, even asking for a smartphone’s contact list before logging into the app. Who do you think you are to ask everything about your users, the state secrecy administration?” one user commented under the pseudonym of “M梅梅”.
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