Alibaba-run supermarket Hema, online education firm Hujiang, and mobility platform Hello TransTech, were among the more than 20 companies censured by the Shanghai office of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) as a result into a follow-up investigation into excessive collection of personal data by the apps.

The problems, which were originally detected in October, were further investigated by CAC Shanghai last month and released to public on a WeChat post (in Chinese) on Monday. All the companies mentioned have made further plans to promote continued compliance and security management, the notice also reads.

CAC Shanghai added there were still 21 data access issues remaining in some of the apps, which are deemed “unreasonable” or “reasonable but risky.” However, it added that in some instances this was due to technical limitations in Google’s [mobile] operating system Android.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen