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Who steals my personal information?

By Wang Yijun (China Youth Daily)

15:04, March 30, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

China Software Testing Center published the "2012 Evaluation Report on Website Private Information Protection Policy" on Mar. 15, 2012. According to the report, banking websites only score less than 32 points while the full mark is 100 points, making it the lowest score among seven evaluated categories such as E-commerce, recruitment, marriage and dating as well as game websites.

Another evaluation result entrusted by the Department of Safety Coordination of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology showed that 60 percent of the 2,500 respondents’ personal information had once been stolen.

In recent years, private information leakage frequently occurred in China. At the end of 2011, Chinese Internet encountered the largest information leaking incident in history, many social network users’ data, including accounts and passwords have been leaked.

Many experts said that the current legislation situation of China's personal information protection showed scattered legal rules, low level of legislation and lack of special and comprehensive information safety law to define the obligation of users and enterprises.

In addition, China has not yet had a special private information protection organization. Cai Xiongshan, legal expert of the Research Institute of China Telecom under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said that China's legislation did not definitely formulate the legal consequence assumed by personal information controllers due to their dereliction of duty and mild punishments.

Jiang Ming’an, professor of Peking University, said that the lack of effective protection of personal information in China mainly include that the administrative organs and enterprises generally lack consciousness of protecting personal information and the right of privacy. They did not regard the collection, handling and disclosure of private information of other people as unlawful act. The remedies of infringing personal information and rights of privacy are incomplete, the legal remedy system is imperfect and the civil action, penal action and administrative lawsuit did not have been definitely included in the scopes of accepting cases.

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