Xpeng Motors fined by regulator for facial recognition breach · TechNode

Xpeng Motors fined by regulator for facial recognition breach · TechNode

Chinese electric vehicle maker Xpeng has been ordered to pay RMB 100,000 ($15,710) in fines by China’s local market watchdog for collecting customers’ facial data without consent, Chinese media reported, as Beijing looks to tighten rules over user data privacy.

Why it matters: The latest penalty reflects the Chinese authorities’ goal of tightening data privacy rules following a series of controversies over the use of consumers’ personal data. The moves are changing the way Chinese tech companies operate.

Details: A district office under Shanghai’s market regulator (Shanghai Municipal Administration for Market Regulation) has imposed a fine of RMB 100,000 on an Xpeng subsidiary for unlawfully gathering facial data without customers’ knowledge, state-owned media The Paper reported Tuesday, citing Tianyancha, a Chinese business data inquiry platform.

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