On 24 September 2017, ten influential Chinese online service providers including WeChat, Sina, Taobao, JD, Alipay, GaoDe Map, Baidu Map, Didi and Ctrip signed a personal data protection proposal in Beijing. The ten companies committed to respect users’ right to know and control how their personal data are collected, processed and used; to obtain sufficient consent from users; to protect the security of user data; to supply safe and reliable products and services; and to make continuous efforts to improve their personal data protection capabilities. In particular, the ten companies committed further to improve the privacy policies that they use in daily operation.

The signing of the proposal is led and guided by the relevant government authorities (e.g. CAC, MIIT and MPS) as part of a wider effort to implement the PRC Cybersecurity Law. The ten companies are expected to demonstrate best practice in the industries and to become role models for other online service providers.