China's online service providers improve privacy protection



The ten largest online companies in China have improved their privacy policies, making them more clear and transparent to users, authorities said Sunday.

The ten platforms include the popular messaging service WeChat, the Twitter-like Weibo, e-commerce giants Taobao and Jingdong, taxi-hailing service Didi, and Baidu Map.

The Cyberspace Administration of China, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Public Security and the State Standardization Administration Sunday announced the results of their latest assessment of the ten platforms' privacy policies.

The authorities launched a probe into the companies in late July, aiming to make them improve their privacy policies.

"All the platforms now explicitly state the rules they use in collecting and using users' personal information, and seek user's explicit authorization," said Yang Jianjun, an expert involved in the study.

WeChat, Taobao and other platforms now provide a one-stop solution for users looking to withdraw their authorization. Users could also correct or delete their personal information, or conveniently unsubscribe from their services, according to Yang.

The Internet companies will continue to improve their privacy policy and the authorities will conduct random checks, Yang said.