China orders the removal of 25 applications from the Didi ride service

The Chinese regulator has ordered Didi Global Inc. to withdraw from 25 app stores in the country, citing the largest services in the country, citing serious violations of personal data collection rules.

The Chinese Cyberspace Administration already removed the main Didi app last Sunday, pending a review of cybersecurity after it was released on the U.S. stock exchange last week.

(Read also: China’s Didi raises $ 1.5 billion in debt ahead of IPO)

Among the 25 additional applications are Didi Enterprises, as well as those designed for Didi drivers.

Didiko’s spokesman did not immediately respond to the request for comment.

The move comes after Chinese authorities said they would step up oversight of listed companies earlier this week. The new measures will improve the regulation of data security and cross-border data flows and the management of confidential data.

Didi is the latest company to face Chinese government scrutiny. An investigation found “serious violations” in how Didi collected and used personal information, the internet regulator said earlier this week, in a statement saying the company was told to “correct problems” but did not provide details.

The internet regulator also told Didi that it is forbidden to accept new customers until the investigation is completed.

(Also read: Didi Volvo XC90 SUVs for Fleet for Self-Driving Tests)

Didi was created in 2012 as a Taxi-hailing app and has expanded to other options including private cars and buses. He says he is also investing in electric cars, artificial intelligence and other technology development.

Didi raised $ 4 billion in the New York stock offer.

The ruling Communist Party last year began tightening its control over China’s rapidly changing Internet industry, launching anti-monopoly and other investigations. Earlier this year, authorities fined Alibaba $ 2.8 billion for antitrust violations and launched an investigation into the Meituan food distribution platform for alleged monopolistic behavior.

On Saturday, Chinese market regulator banned Tencent-sponsored video games directly from the Huya and Douyu platforms after an antitrust investigation was banned.

This story was published without a change in text from a wireless agency feed.


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