China Fines $1.2 Billion For Violating Data Security Laws

China’s cybersecurity regulator fined Didi Global Inc. $1.2 billion on July 21 for violating cybersecurity and data laws, drawing to a close a year-long probe into the ride-hailing giant. 

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement that the firm had breached three major laws concerning cybersecurity, data security, and personal information protection that together formed a regime that the government recently expanded to regulate its cyberspace and require companies to improve their handling of data. 

Two of these laws—the Personal Information Protection Law and the Data Security Law—were not applied to the company’s practices until after CAC’s investigation into Didi began.

In a separate statement, the CAC said investigators found that Didi had illegally obtained “screenshot information” from users’ smartphone photo albums and collected data on facial recognition and family relationships. 

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