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Data leak case against Hanting, Cnwisdom

The Pudong New Area People’s Court yesterday accepted a case against Hanting Inns & Hotels and a Zhejiang-based network company Cnwisdom for leaking personal information.

The suit was filed by two local instructors who did a detailed study on the data leaks and found Shanghai residents were the major victims of the personal information misuse. The duo, Wang Jinlong and Li Wei, claimed as many as 860,000 pieces of private information of local Shanghainese were leaked with Hanting and Cnwisdom among the major culprits.

Shanghai’s local population with permanent residency permits is about 14 million, that means the check-in information of one of 17 local residents was sold.

“Every day we receive spam messages because our personal information are leaked and most of us get used to that,” Wang told Shanghai Daily. “What we two did was to bring about a public’s awareness on information safety and protect their private information.

“Personal information has to be protected legally.”

Wang called for a law to ensure information safety to force companies to keep their customers’ information secret.

The data used in the report was from the hotels’ database and notarized as legal after they handed it over to Shanghai Minhang Notary Public Office.

The report found 61 percent of the victims were male and 39 percent females. Women between the ages of 18 to 30 make the largest proportion — 38 percent. Leaked information of those living in Pudong New Area was 20 percent, the most among Shanghai’s districts.



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