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In land of big data, China sets individual privacy rights

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By Huizhong Wu

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Data collectors have a duty to protect an individual's personal information and cannot obtain, disclose or conduct transactions of such data without consent.

We don’t have this with Google. Each of us generates a significant amount of data each day. Our phones and PC’s along with apps, browsers and websites track our online activities. The largest tech companies can know more about us and our lives than our families and close friends.

That data is owned by the people who collect it, and they’re allowed to do anything they want with it. They’ve sold it and used it to target us with advertisements. I google the location of a store in Shibuya, make a purchase using a credit card or cash and Rakuten points, then come home to find ads of competitors of the products I bought on my PC soon after. These companies have analyzed the vast quantity of data to draw conclusions on whole populations, allowing them to monetize it.

The person said there was a problem and offered a refund, luring Yanming to a phishing website planted within Amazon's website that siphoned 247,000 yuan ($34,627) from Yanming's account.

We’ve also seen it abused and identities stolen. Some companies haven’t done enough to protect our data, resulting in breaches that have made our private information insecure. Others have sold it to disreputable companies, allowing them to target us for everything from marketing fraudulent services to influencing elections. We need better laws not only in China, but in Japan as well. This is a universal issue. Companies themselves should also ask for data protection and tougher enforcement.

Data generated by each individual should have rights that include:

The right to be informed as to what data will be collected, and how it will be used.

The right to opt out of data collection or sharing like when a site tells us it uses cookies and asks for our permission.

The right to be told if a website has data on you, and what that data is.

The right to be forgotten; to have all data related to you deleted upon request.

The right to be informed if ownership of your data changes hands

The right to be informed of any data breaches including your information in a timely manner

The right to download all data in a standardized format to port to another platform.

This requires a whole new agency headed by the IT field and not Abe and some brontosaurus who doesn’t know what a USB is and have never used one not to mention it’s two decades old. Good to see the awareness of privacy rights in a country that traditionally does not respect them.

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I agree with quercetum, but the Chinese government pretending to do it is laughable. They will keep tabs on everyone and apparently have just made a 'health tracking app' permanently mandatory even though it was supposed to be temporary:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-china-tech-idUSKBN23212V

Data privacy is a human right. The EU's directive was a step in the right direction:

https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/online-privacy

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According to a recent draft, an individual has a right to privacy and to have their personal information protected.

Lol, China - who face-tracks everyone wherever they go and keeps records

Made by Huawei technologies

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There's always an exception for the Chinese Govt which doesn't require any written documentation. Seems if any govt official requests it, then a company is free to violate any Chinese law.

When 1,000 Chinese companies successfully sue the Chinese CCP Govt and WIN, then I'll believe these laws.

When the govt, especially in Hong Kong, is required to play by the same privacy rules, then China will be a different country.

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