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Firm Fined, Four Face Prison

CONSUMER PRIVACY—CHINA & U.S.

January 9, 2013

The Wall Street Journal reports that a Shanghai court has fined Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Corp.’s Roadway Unit 1 million yaun ($160,648) and has sentenced four former employees for allegedly purchasing consumer data illegally. The New Jersey-based company has not contested the charges “in recognition of the fact that such consumer data collection practices contradict D&B’s core values regarding data integrity,” the company wrote in a statement. According to a China Central Television report last March, the company “improperly purchased data on more than 150 million Chinese citizens from insurance companies” and banks, among others. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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