China’s biggest ride-hailing firm Didi Global Inc said that the removal of its “DiDi Chuxing” app from smartphone app stores in China is expected to have an adverse impact on its revenue.
Didi’s comments came on Sunday after earlier in the day China’s cyberspace regulator ordered app stores to stop offering Didi’s app after finding that the company had illegally collected users’ personal data.
The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said it had told Didi to make changes to comply with Chinese data protection rules. The CAC did not specify the nature of Didi’s violation in a statement on its social media feed.
Didi responded by saying it had stopped registering new users and would remove its app from app stores. It said it would make changes to comply with rules and protect users’ rights.
Al Jazeera’s Katrina Yu reports from Beijing.
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