Didi reopens new user registration after 18-month ban

Ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing said Monday that after more than a year of rectification, the Cyberspace Administration allowed the company to reopen new user registration, starting today.

Didi was fined 8.03 billion yuan (US$1.19 billion) in July last year for data breaches. It was found to have deliberately hidden from regulatory scrutiny, among other breaches and violations.

Didi also accessed an extremely huge amount of personal data with 64.7 billion pieces of information including sensitive data like facial recognition info, precise locations and ID card numbers.

Upon the penalty, Didi was ordered to pull out from app stores and cease new user registration. 

Didi was listed on the New York Exchange on July 1, 2021. Three days later, the cyberspace authority launched a probe into its operation. The ride-hailing giant was delisted in June last year.