China's data scandals prompt stiffer laws

Despite having passed laws to strengthen its data protection regime, Chinese mobile apps are still found wanting when handling users' personal information.
Despite having passed laws to strengthen its data protection regime, Chinese mobile apps are still found wanting when handling users' personal information. PHOTO: AFP

Draft laws drawn up to boost protection after data misuse by firms including mobile apps

When Mr Cheng (not his real name) needed a 10,000 yuan (S$1,970) short-term loan last year, he decided to borrow from a Chinese app-based lender instead of a bank because of its lower interest rates.

This was a decision he came to regret deeply when he missed one of his scheduled repayments.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 30, 2019, with the headline 'China's data scandals prompt stiffer laws'. Print Edition | Subscribe