China on January 19 made public a document containing several official opinions on regulating its platform economy.
The document, released by the National Development and Reform Commission together with eight other government authorities, called for revising the country's anti-monopoly law and improving rules related to data security and personal-information protection.
China will severely crack down on the illegal behaviors of platform enterprises that exceed their authority in collecting and accessing user data, said the document.
The country will also regulate the unnecessary collection of user data by platform enterprises, and crack down on data-abuse behaviors, such as the trading of data on black markets and big-data enabled price discrimination, the document noted.
Platform operators should not use their advantages in data, technology, market and capital to restrict the independent operation of other platforms and applications, according to the document.
The notice also suggests that the government should encourage platform enterprises to actively engage in technological innovation, raising their core competitiveness.
Platform enterprises are encouraged to "go abroad," selling their digital products and services in global markets.