China’s Ministry of State Security, the Cyberspace Administration of China together with five other Chinese central government departments conduct an on-site cybersecurity inspection of ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing on Friday, two weeks after the country’s internet regulator launched a cybersecurity probe into the company and removing Didi’s 25 apps from app stores.
Seven Chinese central government departments conducted the cybersecurity inspection include the Ministry of State Security, the Cyberspace Administration of China, the Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Transport, State Taxation Office, and the State Administration of Market Regulation.
China’s internet regulators begun investigations on Didi in July 2, two days after the Chinese ride-hailing giant debuted on a low-profile U.S IPO. Shortly after the announcement of investigation, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) order the country’s mobile app stores to remove 25 apps of Didi Chuxing.
The country’s cybersecurity watchdog expressed concern about the sensitivity of information stored within the Didi app, accusing Didi of disclosing sensitive data such as public roads and customer data to U.S. officials.
A report released by state-owned Xinhua news agency showed that Didi data can reveal and analyze the details of China’s traffic. Highly sensitive analysis showed that traffic at the bureaucrats-which one is busiest or quietest among all.
Not only the Chinese regulators were unhappy with Didi, Didi’s U.S IPO trigged public anger and many Chinese citizens said on social media that Didi behaved like a traitor to the country and Chinese people.
Without noticing Chinese regulators, Didi quietly ring the opening bell at New York Stock Exchange on June 30, which is one day before China’s 100th anniversary of the nation’s communist party.