Baidu is being sued over allegations of spying on its users—the latest sign that Chinese citizens are beginning to question surveillance. What’s happened: A consumer protection group in eastern China has sued Baidu for collecting personal data without consent.
According to the group, two mobile apps developed by Baidu (a search app and a browser) can gain access to users’ messages, contact lists, location services, and phone calls without their consent. Baidu denies the claim. The bigger picture: Surveillance technologies that make use of highly personal data, such as facial recognition, have become pervasive in China with little public debate.
Last week, the New York Times reported on a series of privacy outcries involving Tencent and Alibaba. The Baidu news is the latest sign that things may be starting to change.
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