Australia’s shadow minister asks Didi about user data security

An Australian senator has sent a letter to Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing, urging the company to comply with Australian privacy laws and adequately protect cybersecurity for Australian users.

On August 17, Liberal Senator and Shadow Minister for Cybersecurity and Foreign Interference James Patterson published a letter on social media to Maria Siros, Director of Government Affairs at Didi Australia. did.

In a post on Twitter, Patterson wrote: “Following reports of large fines for breach of privacy in China, I have written to Didi Australia to confirm that Didi Australia is complying with our privacy laws and We asked them to ensure that they were adequately protecting the cybersecurity of their Australian users.

Didi fined in China for data security breach

Founded in January 2013, Didi’s main products in China include online ride-hailing, hitchhiking, motorcycles and automobile manufacturing.

The Chinese government fined Didi 8.026 billion yuan (about $1.2 billion) for data security breaches in July after a year-long investigation that forced it to be delisted from the United States.

China Cyberspace Administration (CAC) Said Didi has been found to be in violation of cybersecurity, data security and privacy laws.

According to Chinese authorities, Didi has collected about 12 million customer mobile phone screenshots, 107 million passenger facial identifiers, 153 million “home” and “company” taxi addresses, 53,509,200 age groups, 16,335,600 occupations, and about 1.4 million related information have been illegally collected.

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Liberal Senator James Patterson in the Houses of Parliament in Canberra, Australia, November 21, 2016. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

In a letter sent on August 12, Patterson asked Cyros to list steps Diddy has taken to ensure compliance with Australian privacy laws.

“What steps have you taken to ensure compliance with each of Australia’s 13 privacy principles contained in the Privacy Act 1998?” he wrote.

“Are you currently in compliance with your obligations under Australian privacy law?”

The Shadow Minister further questioned Didi Chuxing’s policy that users’ information may be shared with Chinese institutions and individuals.

“Your privacy policy states that Didi collects a wide range of personal information about its users, and Section 10 of that policy states that Didi may collect your personal information from organizations within the Didi Group, business partners and It states that it may disclose to relevant providers that it may be located and operate in locations abroad, including mainland China,” Patterson wrote.

“Could you please confirm whether the personal information of Didi users in Australia is stored or accessed in any way by an entity operating in mainland China? If so, the exact nature of that personal information and its What entities have access to information?”

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The TikTok app download page displayed on an Apple iPhone in Washington DC on August 7, 2020. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Patterson, who also heads a joint parliamentary committee on intelligence and security, wrote to TikTok Australia in July questioning whether Australian user data could be accessed in China.

The company later confirmed that employees in mainland China had access to the data of millions of Australian users of the video-sharing app.

In another Twitter post on Aug. 17, Patterson said, “Ride-sharing apps, by their nature, collect sensitive personal information, such as home and work addresses.

“Didi, like other Chinese tech companies, is subject to China’s national security law, which compels it to covertly support the Chinese Communist Party’s intelligence services.”

Epoch Times Sydney Staff