China Fines Didi for Data and Cybersecurity Violations

The Cyberspace Administration of China said Thursday it fined Didi Global more than $1.2 billion after investigations found that Didi violated China’s network security law, data security law, and a law protecting personal information.  

According to the regulators, the illegal operations of Didi brought national security risks that affected the country’s information infrastructure and data security.

Reports said the regulators also fined Didi Global Chairperson Cheng Wei and President Jean Liu $148,000 each for the violations of the company.  

“Didi’s violations of laws and regulations are serious, and in light of the network security review, they should be severely punished,” the regulators said

Following the investigation into Didi’s cybersecurity practices, reports said the firm illegally collected 12 million screenshots and 107 million pieces of passengers’ facial recognition data, and more than 167 million records of location data since June 2015. 

The ride-hailing firm Didi is just one of the many internet technology firms scrutinized during the Chinese crackdown on the technology industry that began in 2020 as regulators halted Alibaba-affiliated financial technology firm Ant Group from its first public offering. 

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