BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s cyberspace administration said on Sunday that it had ordered smartphone app stores to stop offering the app from ride-sharing company Didi Global Inc after discovering that Didi had illegally collected personal data from the users.
The China Cyberspace Administration () said on its social media that it had ordered Didi to make changes to comply with Chinese data protection rules. He did not specify the nature of Didi’s rape.
Didi responded by saying that it had stopped registering new users and would remove its app from the app stores. He said he would make changes to comply with the rules and protect users’ rights.
Didi’s app still works in China for people who have already downloaded it. It offers more than 20 million trips in China every day, on average.
Chinese regulators have tightened data collection rules for major tech companies in recent years.
CAC announced an investigation into Didi on Friday to protect “national security and the public interest,” two days after the firm went public on the New York Stock Exchange.
Didi, serving China and more than 15 other markets, collects massive amounts of mobility data in real time every day. It uses some of the data for autonomous driving technologies and traffic analysis.
Founded by Will Cheng in 2012, the company has already been subject to regulatory probes in China on safety and its operating license.
Didi had set out the relevant Chinese regulations in its IPO prospectus and said: “We follow strict procedures in the collection, transmission, storage and use of user data in accordance with our data privacy and security policies.”
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