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Internet Users’ Information Theft Is Alarming in China

People’s Daily reported that, according to the 2015 Investigative Report on China’s Internet Users’ Protection Rights, 78.2 percent of Internet users in China have had their personal information stolen. The related financial losses that resulted were 8.05 trillion yuan (US$1.3 trillion).This is equivalent to 124 yuan (US$20) per person for the period between July 2014 to June 2015, assuming there were 649 million Internet users and close to 7 percent of the Internet users suffered financial losses as high as 1,000 yuan (US$161). The report indicated that online shopping, online searches, social websites, online games and online travel are the sites where most of the Internet users experienced information theft. According to the legal expert, the personal and identify information theft rate in China is alarming, but since the financial damage is relatively small, few of the Internet users seek legal protection.

Source: People’s Daily, July 24, 2015