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Didi Being Pressurised By Chinese Authorities To Delist From US Due To Data Security Concerns: Reports

Didi Being Pressurised By Chinese Authorities To Delist From US Due To Data Security Concerns: Reports
Chinese regulators have been pressing top executives at ride-hailing big Didi Global Inc to devise plans to remove the company of the New York Stock Exchange due to security concerns regarding data Two people who have experience in the field have told Reuters.
China's strong Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has urged the management to get the company off its U.S. bourse due to concerns about the leakage of sensitive data, claimed one of the persons.
It also asks the ride-hailing company to say that it will resolve the issue of delisting within specified timeframe according to the person.
The cyberspace regulator stated, in the words of the individual who spoke with them, the requirement for relaunching Didi's ride-hailing service and other applications within China requires that the firm needs to be able to accept the delisting of New York.
The proposals under consideration are an all-in-one privatisation or another list in Hong Kong followed by a removal out of United States, said the person.
In July In July, the CAC demanded that app stores eliminate 25 mobile applications operated by Didi just a few days after the company was listed its shares in New York. It also ordered Didi to stop registration of new users, citing national security and public security.
Reuters published earlier this month that Didi is planning to launch their apps across the nation before the end of the year, in anticipation that Beijing's cyber-security investigation on the company would be completed by the time and citing people who are directly involved in the relaunch.
There was no response from Didi or the CAC did not respond to Reuters' request for comments.
The persons refused to be identified since they were not authorized to talk to the media.
Bloomberg first reported regulators' request for Didi to delist on Friday. Shares of Didi Investors SoftBank Group Corp and Tencent Holdings fell more than 5percent and 3.1 percent, respectively, following the announcement.
SoftBank Vision Fund owns 21.5  per cent of Didi then Uber Technologies Inc with 12.8  per cent and Tencent's 6.8  per cent, according to an announcement in June from Didi.
If the privatization goes ahead investors would receive at least $13 for each shares IPO price, as the lowering of prices so quickly following the June offering may cause lawsuits or resistance from shareholders according to the report, citing sources.
The close of Thursday's trading session was Didi's shares had fallen 42  per cent to$8.11 since it was made to the public market in June.
The company came under the scrutiny from Chinese regulators when it moved to go ahead on it's New York listing, despite the regulatory advice to hold off the listing until a cybersecurity audit of the company's data practices was conducted as per sources told Reuters.
Then, shortly following shortly after, shortly thereafter, the CAC began an investigation of Didi concerning its use and storage of personal information. It claimed that data was taken in a way that was illegal.
Didi responds to the issue at the time, saying it had been unable to register new users and that it would make adjustments to ensure compliance with regulations regarding national security and personal data use and ensure that users' rights were protected.
The Chinese tech giants are subject to strict scrutiny from the government regarding anti-monopolistic conduct and the handling of their massive customer data as the government seeks to curb their power after decades of unfettered growth.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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