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Baidu Sued Over Claim It Illegally Obtained Users’ Data

Baidu denied its apps access users’ data without permission, saying the apps “do not have the capability of monitoring phone calls.” Photo: Caixin
Baidu denied its apps access users’ data without permission, saying the apps “do not have the capability of monitoring phone calls.” Photo: Caixin

Baidu Inc., China’s largest search-engine operator, is being sued by a consumer-protection organization that claims it collected users’ information without consent, in the latest privacy dispute involving the country’s tech giants.

Two mobile apps operated by New York-listed Baidu, a search engine and a web browser, could access a user’s calls, location data, messages and contacts without notifying the user, the Jiangsu Consumer Council, a government-backed consumer rights association, claimed in a statement on its website.

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