(Yicai Global) Jan. 9 -- Baidu's mobile app does not have the ability to tap phones, China's tech giant Baidu Inc. said on its official microblog account yesterday after Jiangsu Consumer Rights Protection Committee filed a lawsuit against the company over alleged infringement of privacy.
In the statement, Baidu [NASDAQ:BIDU] demonstrated the entire process of installing the Baidu Mobile app and explained in detail problems relating to the application and user rights. Regarding allegations that the app acquires permission without user consent and eavesdrops on telephone calls, Baidu said that neither iOS nor Android provides the interface or right to software developers to monitor user calls, and, therefore, its app doesn't have the ability to tap phones and that the company would never do so.
The reason why some netizens receive marketing calls a few minutes after using Baidu is because the web pages they visited have been implanted with malicious codes to track them, not because Baidu sells phone number information to others in any way, China's tech giant explained.
Baidu will continue to maintain active communication with the relevant authorities and cooperate with the court in its investigation to help find out the truth, the company added.
Jiangsu Consumer Rights Protection Committee filed a public interest litigation against Baidu over its alleged illegal access to consumers' personal information, it said on Jan. 5, adding that the Intermediate People's Court of Nanjing opened the case on Jan. 2.