China’s citizens do care about data privacy, actually.
Baidu CEO Robin Li is under fire for saying people in China don’t value privacy.
The news: “I think Chinese people… If they are able to exchange privacy for safety, convenience, or efficiency, in many cases, they are willing to do that,” said Li.
But: His comments sparked outcry on Chinese social media. Data from the Internet Society of China says 54 percent of China’s internet users think personal data breach issues are “severe.” And Baidu has been sued over allegations of spying.
Why it matters: It’s tempting to assume that things like Facebook’s data scandal would be an accepted norm in China. But, actually, consumers are all too worried about privacy, and watch the Facebook saga with interest. — Yiting Sun, Beijing