China’s online car-hailing giant DDT, which has just made its IPO in the United States, was suddenly subjected to a cybersecurity review by the Chinese authorities yesterday, and it was rumored that it was involved in leaking sensitive data to the United States. In response, Li Min, vice president of Drip, stressed today that Drip’s data are stored in the country, there is no possibility of handing over to the United States.
The Central News Agency reported today that after the IPO of DDT in the U.S. market on June 29, China’s Internet Information Office yesterday abruptly imposed a cybersecurity review on DDT for the reason of “preventing national data security risks and safeguarding national security”, and stopped new user registration during the period. The Chinese Internet community is abuzz with rumors that DDT has leaked sensitive road traffic data to the U.S. involving national security and is therefore in trouble.
In response, Li Min, vice president of Drip, said in a post on Weibo today that he saw some people on the Internet maliciously rumoring that “Drip is listed overseas and gave the data to the United States as a package. As with many Chinese companies listed overseas, Drip’s domestic user data is stored on domestic servers, and “there is no way that the data will be handed over to the United States”. According to Li Min and stressed that the relevant malicious rumor-mongers have taken the initiative to delete the article, “but we are determined to sue to defend the rights”.
The official microblogging site of DDT then also forwarded Li Min’s clarification, calling for “no rumors, no rumors!”
The report said, in the face of some netizens questioned Li Min’s clarification only mentioned “domestic user data”, deliberately not mention “road data”, Li Min then responded in microblogging, “also includes road data, please do not malicious speculation Please don’t speculate.”