Importance of data in the AI world – Behind Didi event

 DiDi is the largest ride-hailing company in the world with almost 500 million active users. Nearly 25 million people use the DiDi app everyday. Didi services 4,000 cities across 16 countries. DiDi app is an indispensable software for many workers, businessmen, travellers, and drivers. DiDi nearly monopolized the car-hailing industry in China. However, a huge change in the DiDi company and the car-hailing industry in early July.

China Cybersecurity Review Technology and Certification Center (CCRC) implemented a cybersecurity review of DiDi company on July 2nd. The director of the CCRC, Wei Hao said: “The aim of building a security certification program for mobile apps is to create a market standard for app operators on collecting, using and transferring personal information.” During the review period, DiDi company actively cooperates with CCRC to investigate the risks of personal information in their apps. Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said on its website that Didi was not allowed to register new users during its investigation. Chinese internet regulators have tightened rules for the country’s tech giants in recent years, asking companies to collect, store and handle key data properly. After two days of cybersecurity review, CAC determines that Didi App is illegally collecting personal information and that DiDi needs to stop offering services before they rectify the app. On July 9th, CAC required all the smartphone app stores to stop offering the Didi app and other 25 apps under the DiDi company after finding that the ride-hailing giant has illegally collected users’ personal data. CAC doesn’t announce the investigation process in detail. Currently, all the new users cannot download and register DiDi’s apps, but the apps are still working in China for people who have already downloaded them. As many people use the DiDi app to call a taxi, many people are looking for a new ride-hailing app as they must use a ride-hailing to work or travel. So, how does the ride-hailing industry look after DiDi apps got prohibited?

Technology and AI are becoming more advanced and cybersecurity issues have become one of the biggest concerns. With an increasing number of users, devices and programs in the modern enterprise, some individuals/organizations use personal information fraudulently through the data from networks and send junk messages, fraud money, etc. to their phones and computers. Maintaining cybersecurity in a constantly evolving threat landscape is a challenge for all organizations and companies. The benefits of maintaining cybersecurity include the protection of business data and personal information, the prevention of unauthorized user access, reducing the invasion of advertisements and computer viruses, and the protection of users and their devices. Cybersecurity is continually challenged by hackers, data loss, privacy, risk management and changing cybersecurity strategies. The hackers or computer viruses always get your information including your name, address, credit card, etc. without your knowledge. Inadvertently, your information got stolen and offenders will use it illegally or steal your money. Everyone should have some knowledge of cybersecurity and the governments need to inspect the apps or companies to protect people’s personal information.

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