Beijing is strengthening its oversight of ride-hailing operators after slamming industry giant Didi Global billions of yuan for data breaches.

According to a statement on July 22, China’s Transport Ministry now wants companies to submit real-time information to the government’s industry platform, with a deadline set at midnight of July 23. 

Such information involves relevant license documents of the companies, vehicles, drivers, and static information such as orders, business information, positioning information, and service quality information. They are also required to update the data once a week. 

If there is any change to the static information, the industry platform must be notified in 24 hours. Order information, business information, service quality information, etc., must be transmitted in real-time. Any delay to occur must not exceed 300 seconds. 

The hold-up of location data must not be longer than 60 seconds.

Furthermore, unlike six months before, data created by ride-hailing apps now cannot be used for commercial gain, must be stored for at least two years in China, and cannot be exported or shared with third parties without regulatory approval.

Beijing made clear that it would ramp up regulation scrutiny, as one of the measures stated that the government would “periodically carry out security investigations, promptly rectify security risks and loopholes discovered, establish and complete a whole-process data security management system, and take necessary measures to prevent data from being tampered with, destroyed, leaked, or illegally acquired or illegally used.”

The regulations were updated after industry giant Didi was hit with more than 8 billion yuan, over 1.2 billion dollars of fines this week for data violation. The penalty signaled the end of a year-long investigation into the company. Didi is expected to soon resume domestic app stores after the penalty.

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