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Firms pledge to better protect user data

Twelve Chinese big data companies, including Alibaba, vowed to better protect user data, as they signed a proposal yesterday in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province.

Signatories also included Netease and the provincial branches of the country’s three major telecom companies.

In the jointly-signed proposal on private information protection, the firms promised to guarantee users’ control over their information and will clearly explain how they handle their information. The firms also promised not to force users to authorize their data to them.

The companies pledged to deal with user data transparently and will inform users if any data leaks occur, according to the proposal.

The companies also agreed to set up a mechanism to allow users to have access to their data and let users update and delete their private information.

The signatories said they will not collect, store, use or share user data without the knowledge of their clients, and vow to shield user data with better security technology and management.

The number of Internet users in China hit 802 million at the end of June, up 3.8 percent from six months ago, said a report from the China Internet Network Information Center in August.


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