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Courier enlists security firms to prevent data theft

A SHANGHAI courier firm is working with security organizations to destroy customer delivery forms and stop the information falling into the hands of criminals.

Every six months, STO Express says it will hand over dockets with customer names, addresses and phone numbers for security firms to destroy.

“Normally, courier firms destroy these themselves, but personal data is easily released,” an official with STO said.

A test operation has been launched in Suzhou in neighboring Jiangsu Province.

An industry selling personal information to online store owners has developed in major Chinese cities among some deliverymen, Xinhua news agency reported yesterday.

“Most of the private information came from staff with major courier firms including STO, YTO and Yunda,” an online seller of personal data told Xinhua.

A name, phone number and address sells for 0.5 yuan (8 US cents) on the Internet, said the seller.

Unscrupulous online store owners buy batches of 10,000 to forge transaction records.

The personal information may also be used in scams, extortion and theft.

Shanghai police recently uncovered two large cases of personal information being sold. A total of 18 people have been held and 6 million pieces of information found, police said.

In one of the cases, 17 suspects were found with 1 million pieces of information on their computers.

Three suspects were insurance salesmen in Hongkou District who got the information from their companies’ databases, said police.

Police in 20 cities and provinces participated in the nationwide crackdown.



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