Didi, Uber’s biggest rival, taken out of Chinese app stores at the behest of the authorities

Didi, the world’s largest operator of ride-hailing services, has been removed from the app store offerings in China. The Chinese company, which managed to “take” Uber out of certain markets in Asia (including China), is being sanctioned by the Chinese authorities for “illegal” collection of personal data. Didi’s major investors include Apple, SoftBank, Tencent and even Uber, and the decision comes just weeks after the listing. The company is now worth $ 76 billion.

China has removed Didi from the App Store and other stores due to illegal collection of personal data

The Chinese authorities have called on Didi to make changes to the way it collects users ‘personal data in order to comply with the citizens’ data protection legislation currently in force in China. The decision to remove the Didi app from the Chinese App Store and several other major app stores was taken following an investigation that mentioned “national security” issues.

Didi representatives have already announced that the application is no longer publicly available and that work has begun to correct the problems. Also, its ride-hailing platform no longer accepts new customers from Saturday, July 3, even if they manage to install the application on their devices. For existing users, Didi services will remain operational.

Didi is the largest operator of ride-hailing transport services in the world, with over 493 million users between March 2020 and March 2021, with 41 million daily transactions. In the first quarter of 2021, the company had 156 monthly active users. In comparison, Uber had only 98 million monthly users in the same period. In China alone, Didi has 365 million users.

The Chinese company has invested in other similar services in other regions, such as Grab, Lyft, Ola, Uber, 99, Bolt and Careem.

source: TechCrunch

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