Didi Global has been fined 8 billion yuan ($1.18 billion) for breaching China’s cybersecurity and data security laws. The Chinese ride-sharing operator is accused of 16 illegal practices involving the collection of passenger data.
Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said Thursday Didi had violated the country’s cybersecurity and data security laws. The industry regulator pointed to the Cybersecurity Law, Data Security Law, and Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), reported state-run media agency China Daily.
CAC said Didi had illegally collected its users’ personal data, including 107 million pieces of passengers’ facial recognition details as well as their photos and short messages.