On Feb. 20, a former employee of Beijing-based apartment rental platform Ziroom was tried at the Tongzhou District Court for illegally obtaining a large amount of personal data. The trial is ongoing, but the evidence presented so far is damning.

In total, over 800,000 entries of personal information were discovered on a laptop, iPhone, and USB drive seized by authorities. Some 70,000 of those were traced to Ziroom customers, Beijing News reported (in Chinese).

The accused was identified only by her last name, Li. According to the court’s procuratorate, she joined the company in April 2017. The data theft was discovered in the first half of 2018 after Li had left the Tencent-backed enterprise.

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Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.