Personal Data for Sale

Lifting the Veil on the Traffic in Personal Data: Hotel Records for 300 RMB


Southern Metropolis Daily

December 12, 2016 – Rao Lidong and Li Ling

Scary! Reporters from the Southern Metropolis Daily bought information on colleagues’ movements, flights, hotel bookings, internet usage etc, buying eleven different types of personal data for 700 RMB.

Southern Metropolis Daily went undercover to investigate the black and grey markets for the provision of personal information. For 600 RMB, you can buy the precise location of a colleague, for 300 RMB a record of every hotel room booked since college entrance exams. You can also buy details of the amount of savings held at all four major Chinese banks.

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