Huawei, the Chinese telecom equipment and smartphone maker, is in a dispute with Chinese social networking and gaming giant Tencent over the right to collect user data from Tencent’s popular app WeChat installed on Huawei phones, Wall Street Journal reported on August 3 (paywall).

This is not the first time Chinese tech giants have fought over data access. In June, Alibaba’s logistics arm Cainiao and China’s biggest private courier SF Express engaged in a month-long standoff over access to customer data.

According to WSJ, Huawei is seeking to collect data from users of its Honor Magic phone. With this data, Huawei will be able to beef up its AI-driven functions, for example, making restaurant recommendations based on a user’s text messages. Contention arose because Huawei’s data source will include users’ chat logs on WeChat.

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Rita Liao

Telling the uncommon China stories through tech. I can be reached at ritacyliao [at] gmail [dot] com.