China orders Didi ride hailing app pulled from stores over privacy issues
China’s app privacy crackdown just struck one of its largest targets yet. Bloomberg reports that China’s Cyberspace Administration has ordered the removal of Didi Chuxing’s ride hailing app from mobile stores, including Apple’s App Store Huawei’s AppGallery. The software allegedly committed serious regulatory breaches through its collection use of personal data, officials said.
The government didn’t explain the decision, which came just two days after a formal review began. Didi’s app is still functional if you’ve already downloaded it have an account— you just can’t download a new copy.
Didi said it planned to fix the app to honor Chinese regulations, had paused new user registrations as of July 3rd. It’s not certain when sign-ups the app will return.
The move might help protect privacy, but it also reflects China’s mounting attempts to rein in domestic tech giants. It recently fined Alibaba $2.8 billion for alleged monopolistic practices, for instance. Didi was already under scrutiny for possible antitrust violations security issues — the order represents both an escalation of that scrutiny a signal that China is ready to get tough if companies don’t fall in line.
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