Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    35 / 22 ℃  City Forecast

Home>>China Society

Personal data crimes set to be defined

By Zhang Yan (China Daily)

14:55, July 04, 2012

Crimes involving the theft of personal data will be regulated and clearly defined, a senior officer from the Ministry of Public Security said.

"We're negotiating with the Supreme People's Procuratorate and the Supreme People's Court to push forward the legislation to protect personal data," Liao Jinrong, deputy director of the criminal investigation department under the Ministry of Public Security, told China Daily in an exclusive interview.

Although the existing Criminal Law includes crimes of illegally obtaining, offering or selling personal data, China lacks a specific regulation with a clear definition of such crimes, making it difficult to obtain convictions, Liao said.

Police launched a national campaign in April to combat crimes related to the theft of personal data.

Officers from 20 provincial-level regions arrested nearly 2,000 suspects for allegedly stealing or disclosing personal information.

This was the first crackdown of its kind and the police discovered the identity of 44 people providing illegal information, destroyed 161 unauthorized databases, and closed 611 companies that illicitly conducted surveys.

The leaking of personal information poses a number of threats, not least to members of the public who may face blackmail or fraud, he said.

There is growing demand, according to Liao, for personal data.

"Usually details primarily fall into two categories,'' he said. "Commercial activity, including real estate and insurance or criminal activity, including telecom or Internet scams, extortion, blackmail and kidnapping " he said.

"We may get spam messages that annoy us but the crimes triggered by leaked personal data cause real harm to society.''

Sources that provide personal data are usually involved in institutions that collect it, including financial institutions, he said.

"They use their positions of convenience to get all kinds of personal information and sell it on,'' he said.

The people it is sold to pass on this information through an online database, and resell it to illegal consulting or business companies.

Usually, a database for a specific type of information, such as phone numbers, will be sold to an illegal company for a price ranging from several hundred to 10,000 yuan ($1,570).

These companies, in turn, will charge their clients anything from 10,000 to 1 million yuan depending on the services they offer, including private detectives, asset investigation, illegal debt collection, even kidnapping.

But Liao acknowledged, that they face practical challenges uncovering crimes related to personal data.

Evidence is hard to gather and can be easily destroyed.

And actually finding out who is involved, disentangling the various fake identities of the criminals, easy to establish online, can be difficult, he said.


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Enjoy waves of Sanniang gulf in China's Guangxi

  2. "Bull fight" event performed in E China

  3. 12th Chinese naval escort flotilla sets sail

  4. Memory in black and white: Old China

Most Popular


  1. China faces long-term regional annoyances
  2. Japan’s space law shift rattles regional nerves
  3. Experts call for an end to dispute over islands
  4. Border conflict laid aside as giants draw closer
  5. Take wait-and-see approach to US sanctions
  6. Money not a panacea for small business problems
  7. 'Global effort needed to fight corruption'
  8. New welfare stock accounts' impact limited
  9. Leftover men to be a big problem
  10. A symbol of affluence or a trap of luxury?

What's happening in China

When in Xi'an, learn Chinese calligraphy

  1. Farm produce prices continue to fall
  2. Central bank may soon offer deposit insurance
  3. Sizzling weather takes its toll
  4. Bus diver gets jail term for fatal crash
  5. Rain expected to ease drought in east China

China Features

  1. Why Chinese people love luxury goods?
  2. Official puts on airs in prison
  3. Beautiful scenery of Inner Mongolia Grassland
  4. Sharpshooter with excellent skills
  5. Chinese tourist witnesses "mystery dark circle"

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai