The Washington Post

Ride-hailing giant fined in data-security probe

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China’s cybersecur­ity regulator fined ride-hailing juggernaut Didi Global $1.2 billion after a yearlong probe, saying it had violated laws on data security and the protection of personal informatio­n.

The Cyberspace Administra­tion of China said Thursday that Didi, a 10-year-old company based in Beijing, illegally collected 12 million pieces of “screenshot informatio­n” from users’ mobile photo albums and excessivel­y accumulate­d

107 million pieces of passenger facial recognitio­n informatio­n and 1.4 million pieces of family relationsh­ip data, among other violations.

The regulator also said there were “severe security risks” in Didi’s data-processing methods.

In addition to the fines on the company, Didi’s chairman and president were each fined $148,000. Didi said Thursday that it accepted the judgment and would strengthen its protection of personal informatio­n, while stopping short of apologizin­g to customers or sharing details on what changes it would make.

The crackdown on Didi reflects Beijing’s alarm at the vast troves of personal data that internet companies are gathering, and the risk that they could leak overseas and undermine national security.

— Eva Dou and Pei-lin Wu

 ?? SILVIA IZQUIERDO/ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? A resident holds a white sheet in protest after a police operation that resulted in multiple deaths in the Complexo do Alemão favela in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. Alemão is a complex of 13 favelas in Rio that is home to about 70,000 people, according to the Associated Press.
SILVIA IZQUIERDO/ASSOCIATED PRESS A resident holds a white sheet in protest after a police operation that resulted in multiple deaths in the Complexo do Alemão favela in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. Alemão is a complex of 13 favelas in Rio that is home to about 70,000 people, according to the Associated Press.

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