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Consumers in China are getting more cautious about data privacy

CHINA is an interesting country in the digital ecosystem of Asia. Bigger than its neighbours, China is a digital behemoth in itself — unique in every way — with its own regulatory challenges. Residents are subjected to strict censorship laws, their actions (and every move) monitored by CCTV cameras, and their behavior scrutinised by artificial intelligence (AI), but new laws also promise a great deal of data privacy and information security. SEE ALSO: In China, even how you walk is under surveillance The PRC E-Commerce Law (effective from Jan 1, 2019) which reiterates requirements to protect personal information in an e-commerce context, and the draft guidelines for Internet Personal Information Security Protection released in December last year, are examples of the new laws signaling that Chinese consumers are getting more cautious about data privacy. Most recently, JD Finance, the finance arm of China’s e-commerce giant JD.com came into the spotlight after a customer spotted irregularities with the company’s use of data. Local media said that the customer posted a video on Weibo showing that the Android app for JD Finance stored user screenshots without permission. JD Finance immediately responded to the video that went viral in China, claiming that the problem was caused by a “technical fault”. “The storage of screenshots is to enable our clients to pass on images more quickly to the customer service department. As long as users do not send them to us, the cached screenshots are only saved in users’ mobile phones. “JD Finance has never uploaded users’ screenshots or photos to our app without permission,” said a press statement by the company according to the South China Morning Post. ... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Consumers in China are getting more cautious about data privacy, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Consumers in China are getting more cautious about data privacy

 

 

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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Tuesday, 19 February

 

 

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