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Big-Data Collection Becomes Big Headache in China

By Zhang Yuzhe, Wu Yuqian, Peng Qinqin and Han Wei
China's lucrative market in internet users' personal information has sparked concern about privacy leaks. Photo: Visual China
China's lucrative market in internet users' personal information has sparked concern about privacy leaks. Photo: Visual China

The explosion of e-commerce and internet finance in China created a huge market of personal information to trade and sell — and also forged a massive big-data industry that grew rapidly and got ahead of regulators.

The highly valuable pieces of data from average people tapping their way through their days on smartphones and computers nourished a chain of business that stitches together government agencies, telecom operators, data dealers, tech firms and other players.

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