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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Increased digital services raise data privacy concerns in China Related reading: Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 21 Jan. 2022

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Abacus reports Chinese consumers are enjoying the benefits and ease of digital services but also coming around to the data privacy concerns that come with them. Data use in the digital economy is chief among concerns as detailed personal information is being gathered for simple online purchases, like movie tickets or food. Also, the China Consumers Association recently noted that a large number of mobile apps were pulling too much data, including user location, contact lists and mobile numbers. "Concerns are rising among Chinese internet users over data collection and related security issues," former Sootoo Institute Head Dingding Zhang said. "The users who don’t care about personal data leaks probably don’t realise how it can hurt them."
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