In one of the Guangdong province's top 10 internet cases of 2017, the court found that Apple IDs constitute personal information which may affect other parties' personal and property safety.(1) As such, the two defendants concerned were convicted of infringing citizens' personal data rights after more than 1,200 pieces of personal information were found on their computers (the standard for conviction is 500 pieces).

According to the Interpretation of Several Issues regarding the Application of Law to Criminal Cases of Infringement of Citizen's Personal Information Handled by the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate, citizens' personal information is divided into five categories, including personal information which may affect other parties' personal and property safety. The above case was the first instance of the interpretation being applied in the Guangdong province and it is believed to have had a demonstrable effect on the handling of similar cases.

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(1) Further information is available here.

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