A man uses his smartphone to access the Sina Weibo microblogging site in Shanghai. China’s Cybersecurity Law, introduced in June last year, requires network operators to store select data on servers within the country, monitor and record network operations, and maintain related logs for not fewer than six months. Photo: Reuters

Here’s what happens with your data when you use a Chinese messaging app

Chinese social-media and messaging apps are required by law to retain records of conversation content for checks by authorities if required.

Topic |   Cybersecurity

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A man uses his smartphone to access the Sina Weibo microblogging site in Shanghai. China’s Cybersecurity Law, introduced in June last year, requires network operators to store select data on servers within the country, monitor and record network operations, and maintain related logs for not fewer than six months. Photo: Reuters
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Celia Chen

Celia Chen

Celia is a tech reporter for the Post, covering companies such as Tencent, JD.com and Foxconn. She also covers start-up news and China's tech world. Prior to joining the Post, she worked for China Daily.