On July 4, the Cyberspace Administration of China announced that ride-hailing giant Didi’s application must be deleted from app stores due to illegal collection and use of personal data. In accordance with the China’s Cybersecurity Law, the Administration required DiDi to fully comply with applicable regulations, to consult national standards and to rectify all violations in order to ensure the security of personal data.
Responding the official decision, DiDi representatives stated that the Company would fulfil the requirement and the app would be deleted to rectify incompliance. Those users, who have installed the app earlier, can continue to use it as usual, passengers’ rides and drivers’ orders won’t be affected as well. DiDi expressed sincere gratitude to the responsible authority for its guidance in risk identification and undertook to perform better consciousness in risk prevention and to improve technical capacity.
On July 2, the Administration launched security investigation into DiDi in order to prevent risks related in national data security and public interests. To provide relevant cooperation and to avoid further increase of such risks DiDi stopped to register new users for the investigation period.
The decision came out right after DiDi had debuted on the NASDAQ in the United States. Rumors say that in order to go public DiDi provides the US with information on the Chinese roads. The vice president of the Company Li Min replied that he had seen these slanderous messages on the Internet. “Just like other Chinese companies listed abroad, DiDi stores data of Chinese users on the national servers and it is absolutely impossible to hand them out to the US. Such rumors have already been deleted by the senders themselves but we still intend to sue.”
Following the move on DiDi, on July 5 the Cyberspace Administration launched investigation into the mobile applications of other transportation companies, including Yun Man Man and Hao Che Bang, as well as into BOSS Employment App for the same data security reasons.