(Yicai Global) Nov. 23 -- Personal information and privacy leakage inChinais very "shocking," claims a report released by the Internet Law Research Center of China Youth University of Political Studies and the Cover Think Tank. The report calls for a crackdown and heavy judicial punishments.
Over 70 percent of the participants in a survey believe that the problem of personal information leakage is serious. Some 26 percent receive at least two or more spam messages every day, and 20 percent get two or more harassment calls a day.
Disclosing personal information happens through various channels. For instance, half of those surveyed are completely unaware of the privacy and information leakage caused by the photocopying of certificates and express bills.
Mobile phone leads to a serious risk of privacy and information leakage, and 27 percent of people may be subject to privacy violations when they change their phone number. For example, a recycler of used mobile phones said that only 34 percent of people choose to restore the factory settings or reformat when they dispose of their old phones.Free wifi connection is also another channel for personal information leakage.