A Safer Ride
Leading ride-hailing platform Didi has recently launched an audio and video recording function in 10 cities. This move has sparked heated online discussion as to whether the surveillance measure will help boost the safety of passengers or infringe on personal privacy.
As a step to strengthen safety supervision, Didi has activated the audio recording function nationwide and will continue to expand the visual recording function across the country.
Liu Ruisheng, an associate researcher with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said there is no contradiction between emphasizing security and protecting privacy. However, Didi cannot force consumers to accept the audio and visual recordings, and their right to choose should be guaranteed. The company ought to develop a detailed procedure of data processing to ensure data security while asking for passengers’ permission before initiating the function.
Didi offers a wide range of appbased transportation options for
550 million users worldwide, with about 30 million rides each day. However, the murder of a young female passenger by a Didi driver in