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New China data era: Past cyber scandal returns to haunt Alibaba

By Elles Houweling for Verdict
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The telecoms regulator of China’s eastern province of Zhejiang has told Alibaba’s cloud unit that it violated the country’s Cybersecurity Law and should make rectifications following a complaint about a data leak scandal that rocked the company in 2019.

“I think it is to remind the people that it is not just another war, but that it’s designed to bring benefits to residents to Chinese citizens,” Ilia Kolochenko, founder of ImmuniWeb and a member of Europol Data Protection Experts Network, points out.

According to Kolochenko, the new investigation of the old data leak that occurred in 2019 is to send a message across the board.

“It’s saying, look, you were lucky Alibaba that when the mega data leak happened, and you didn’t implement foundational security controls, we didn’t penalise you. But now, please pay attention. Otherwise, we’ll come not with a carrot but with a big stick.” Read Full Article

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