Information Leaks Pierce Privacy – Zhang Kun

From China Daily:

The phone calls started soon after Chen Xin’s wife received her first pregnancy examination. The callers offered a variety of services for the couple’s as yet unborn child. The only trouble was that nobody knew Chen’s wife was pregnant except his wife, Chen and the hospital.

“She left my phone number at the hospital,” Chen said. “A few days later, the first calls started coming in, offering care and private health coaches for my wife. Then more followed, offering everything from insurance to brushes made from the baby’s hair.”

“It has to be the hospital that disclosed my information,” Chen said. “The hospital was the only place that had my phone number. Nobody else knew about my wife’s pregnancy.”

According to a report on CCTV, 74 percent of the country’s urban residents have been the victims of some sort of privacy disclosure. Of the total, 90 percent of the disclosures involved people’s contact information, such as a phone number or an address. Forty-two percent had their information disclosed through the Internet after registering on a website. [Full Text]

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