It was been reported that the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) had berated Alibaba’s payment affiliate, Ant Financial, for compromising the privacy of Alipay service users who got enrolled automatically into the company’s credit scoring system without their consent.

Some users were apparently unaware that they had to uncheck an opt out button on a financial analysis feature by Alipay. Data of users who did not opt out were collected by Sesame Credit and shared with its partners for analysis.  

Nie Zhengjun, Ant Financial’s chief privacy officer, apologized for the breach and said that the company had already initiated a comprehensive review of its privacy protection policy.”


Source: Reuters

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