China announces investigation into Didi cybersecurity

BEIJING (AP) – China’s watchdog announced an on-site cybersecurity investigation of ride-sharing service Didi on Friday, stepping up its scrutiny after earlier criticisms of its handling of customer information brought down shares of the company traded in New York.

The on-site inspection comes two weeks after the regulator said it would investigate the rideshare company over concerns about national security and data security. It happened days after Didi raised $ 4.4 billion and went public on the New York Stock Exchange.

Other Chinese government departments involved in the on-site investigation include the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of Transport, the Tax Administration, according to a statement released on Friday by the Chinese Cyber ​​Security Administration. of the State and the National Administration of Market Regulation. .

China’s Cyberspace Administration gave no further details.

Didi was ordered to stop registering new customers while it revised its collection and processing of user information.

The ruling Communist Party is tightening control over China’s booming tech industries and information about its audiences and economy, which it sees as a sensitive strategic asset.

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