Now it’s personal: 32 jailed in China for stealing 39 million pieces of private data

Mandy Zuo reports:

A three-year investigation by police in southwest China into personal data theft has ended with 32 people behind bars and several more awaiting trial, state media reported.

More than 50 people were detained by police in Chongqing as part of a nationwide effort to track down and dismantle a criminal gang known to have traded almost 39 million pieces of information over the past seven years, People’s Daily reported on Sunday.

The investigation began when police in Zhong county received a tip-off from a member of the public in 2016, the report said.

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One of the leaders of the gang was identified as a man surnamed Wang, who worked for a painting and decorating company in Chongqing and exploited the access it gave him to people’s homes to steal information about them.

And that’s how it started, but it expanded from there.  China’s crackdown on data theft is not new, but this piece is a good update on the situation there. Read more on South China Morning Post.

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