Australian Shadow Minister Questions Didi About User Data Security

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An Australian legislator has written to Chinese thrust hailing elephantine Didi, asking the institution to guarantee it complies with Australian privateness laws and adequately protects the cyber information of Australian users.

On Aug. 17, Liberal Senator, Shadow Minister for Cyber Security & Countering Foreign Interference James Paterson published connected societal media a missive to Maria Silos, Director of Government Affairs at Didi Australia.

“Following reports of a important good successful China for privateness breaches, I’ve written to Didi Australia to question their assurances they are compliant with our privateness laws and are adequately protecting Australian users’ cyber security,” Paterson wrote successful a station connected Twitter.

Didi Fined successful China for Data Security Breach

Founded successful January 2013, Didi’s main products successful China include online car-hailing, hitchhiking, two-wheeled vehicles, and car-making.

The Chinese authorities fined the company 8.026 cardinal yuan (about $1.2 billion) for information information breach successful July aft a yearlong probe that forced Didi to delist from the United States.

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said that it recovered Didi violated the Cyber Security law, Data Security law, and Personal Information Protection law.

Didi illegally collected astir 12 cardinal lawsuit compartment telephone screenshots, 107 cardinal rider facial identifiers, 153 cardinal “home” and “company” taxi addresses, 53,509,200 property groups, 16,335,600 occupations, and astir 1.4 cardinal relational information, according to Chinese authorities.

Epoch Times Photo Liberal Senator James Paterson successful the Senate astatine Parliament House successful Canberra, Australia, connected Nov. 21, 2016. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

In the missive sent connected Aug. 12, Paterson asked Silos to database steps Didi had taken to guarantee compliance with Australian privateness laws.

“What steps you person taken to guarantee that you are compliant with each of the 13 Australian privateness principles contained successful the Privacy enactment 1998?” helium wrote.

“Whether you are presently compliant with your obligations nether Australia’s privateness laws?”

Following reports of a important good successful China for privateness breaches, I’ve written to Didi Australia to question their assurances they are compliant with our privateness laws and are adequately protecting Australian users’ cyber security: pic.twitter.com/az5cwcHgPA

— James Paterson (@SenPaterson) August 16, 2022

The shadiness curate further questioned a Didi argumentation that its users’ accusation whitethorn beryllium shared with institutions and individuals successful China.

“I noted that your privateness argumentation states Didi collects a ample scope of idiosyncratic accusation of its users, Clause 10 of that argumentation states that Didi whitethorn disclose the idiosyncratic accusation of it is users to bodies wrong the Didi group, concern partners and related providers that whitethorn beryllium located and run successful overseas locations, including successful mainland China,” Paterson wrote.

“Can you delight corroborate if the idiosyncratic accusation of Australian Didi users is stored oregon accessed successful immoderate mode by entities operating successful mainland china? If so, what is the precise quality of that idiosyncratic accusation and which entities person entree to that information?”

Epoch Times Photo The download leafage for the TikTok app is displayed connected an Apple iPhone successful Washington DC, connected Aug. 7, 2020. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Paterson, who is besides the seat of the Joint Parliamentary Committee connected Intelligence and Security, wrote to TikTok Australia successful July, questioning if Australian idiosyncratic information tin beryllium accessible successful China.

The institution aboriginal confirmed that employees successful mainland China tin entree the information of millions of Australian users of the video-sharing app.

“By their precise nature, ride-sharing apps cod delicate idiosyncratic accusation similar location and enactment addresses,” Paterson wrote successful different Twitter station connected Aug. 17.

“Didi, similar different Chinese tech companies, are taxable to China’s nationalist information authorities which compels them to covertly assistance CCP quality agencies.”

Epoch Times Sydney Staff

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