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Man appeals jail for procuring info

A MAN who was sentenced to six months in jail for paying 400 yuan (US$65) to buy personal information of more than 1 million clients on a virtual online supermarket appealed the verdict, saying he had not made any profit yet from the deal.

He made the appeal at the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court yesterday.

The 23-year-old surnamed Xu, was sentenced to six months in prison and told to pay 10,000 yuan in fine by a district court after he confessed buying the data of clients.

The intermediate court heard that Xu purchased a data package containing personal information such as names, home addresses and mobile numbers of more than 1 million clients who had shopped at Shanghai-based from an online vendor last June.

The actual information involved 280,000 clients after repeated information was excluded, the court heard. Xu was convicted for illegally acquiring citizen's personal information.

No evidence was presented to the court. Xu argued that he hadn't sold the information for profit and deleted it right after police tracked him down last year.

He thought the penalty was too heavy and should be only fined.

"A package of information and a piece of information makes no difference on the Internet. My personal information was also leaked. I was harassed by an insurance company. Why didn't those people go to jail?" Xu said.

Prosecutors said the lower court had already given a lenient sentence as Xu had turned himself in.


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