As per the new regulations in China, a track of the identity of user of the App Stores will have to be done by Apple. If there is anything that is said to be a violation as per the censorship laws of the country, the company will have to flag it. The user activity record for 60 days has to be maintained now by providers and App stores as noted by Bloomberg. Another thing that starting from July 1st developers will also have to be verified while the screening of the apps that they have developed will be done by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.
The laws are meant large to silence or remove any offensive content or political dissent which has to be silenced or taken out if it is can create any kind of problem. For the end users, this also acts a protection of their privacy. At the same time, these regulations seem to be really tough and also make it very difficult for app developers.
The screening process of the apps can cause a delay in the launch of the app in the App Store. Apart from that, it will impose a burden that is said to be really big even on the other developers as well as companies like Apple.
IF you look at the present screening process, it is said that even the most simplified process that is available for the developers in the local market, have to submit their apps for screening 20 days before they plan to launch it. When it comes to foreign companies, the simplified process is not applicable for them. For the approval process they may also have to take the help of the assistance of third party companies or consultants which can end up costing a lot more.