China accuses Briton, American of illegally buying and selling private data
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China has accused two risk consultants, a British man and his American wife, of illegally buying and selling private information, state media reported on Tuesday, amid a nationwide investigation into the pharmaceuticals industry.
Peter Humphrey and his wife Yu Yingzeng were detained in Shanghai on July 10 as police investigated bribery allegations against British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
A police investigator in Shanghai, Mr Lu Wei, said on state-run CCTV that the couple "wantonly" obtained a large quantity of information including household registrations, information on international travel, and property records.
They sold the information to lawyers, multinational companies and financial institutions, CCTV said.