On July 21, China’s cyber security regulator announced that Didi Chuxing (“Didi”) was fined more than $1 billion for its violation of private information protection laws.

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Founded in 2013, Didi, also known as China’s Uber, provides app-based transportation services, including taxi hailing, social ride-sharing and on-demand delivery services etc.

Didi Chuxing sentenced for personal data breach

It is reported that Didi’s violations lasted for 7 years; its illegal handling of personal information amounted to 64,709 million pieces, including facial recognition information, precise location information, ID card data etc.

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Didi App collected users’ sensitive information without fulfilling personal information protection obligations.

Didi was subject to investigation in June 2021. new registration was prohibited and the Didi App was removed  from App stores . Didi just responded to this punishment, saying that it would “accept and obey” China’s decision.

Didi Chuxing case : the consequences of the conviction

Didi’s investigation is uplifting news for the Chinese tech industry. Tech companies now have a clearer awareness of data protection and realize the dire consequence of transgressing the red line.

But no one can be sure that the worst is behind. Awareness calls for action.

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