China fines Didi International $1.2 billion for violating cybersecurity and information legal guidelines

China fines Didi Global $1.2 billion for violating cybersecurity and data laws

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The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement that the firm had breached the country’s cybersecurity law, data security law, and personal information protection law.

“The facts of violations of laws and regulations are clear, the evidence is conclusive, the circumstances are serious, and the nature is vile,” the statement added.

Aside from the $1.19 billion penalty, the regulator also imposed a personal fine of 1 million yuan ($147,000) on Didi’s chairman and CEO Cheng Wei and president Liu Qing, respectively. Liu Qing is also known as Jean Liu in English.

In a separate statement, the CAC said the investigators found Didi had committed 16 law violations, including illegally obtaining some information from users’ smartphones and collecting data on facial recognition, age, jobs, and family relationships.

It added that the company had “avoided fulfilling the explicit requirements from the regulatory authorities, and maliciously evaded supervision,” and the company’s…

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