Pri­vacy Leaks

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The leak­age of per­sonal in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing iden­ti­ties, con­tacts, ad­dresses and on­line be­hav­ior has be­come irk­some in China. Dur­ing a cam­paign to com­bat il­le­gal dis­clo­sure of pri­vate in­for­ma­tion by pub­lic se­cu­rity or­gans in 2017, 831 peo­ple from var­i­ous depart­ments and com­pa­nies were in­volved in sell­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, and 389 hack­ers were ar­rested for il­le­gally ac­cess­ing and sell­ing pri­vate in­for­ma­tion. Ac­cord­ing to Ten cent, a lead­ing chi­nese in­ter­net com­pany, among the 13 cat­e­gories of per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, the price for a sin­gle piece ranges from one yuan to 3,000 yuan (US$436). De­tails of the highly-ed­u­cated are priced be­tween 20 yuan (US$3) and 60 yuan (US$9) each. A sur­vey by the China Youth Daily showed that 92 per­cent of 2,024 re­spon­dents worry about the se­cu­rity of their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion. On­line user in­for­ma­tion is il­le­gally bought and used mainly for tar­geted ad­ver­tise­ments. Ex­perts cau­tioned that a de­tailed in­ter­pre­ta­tion of rel­e­vant parts of the In­ter­net Se­cu­rity Law was ur­gently needed, as was a new law on per­sonal in­for­ma­tion pro­tec­tion.

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