It is understood that in December 11, 2017, Jiangsu province Consumer Protection Commission Beijing Baidu Netcom Science Technology Co., Ltd suspected illegal acquisition of personal information of consumers and the consumer did not respond promptly filed a civil public interest litigation, January 2, 2018, Nanjing City Intermediate People's court formally established case.
The Provincial Consumer Protection Committee said that after filing the case, Baidu Inc actively contacted with the Provincial Consumer Protection Committee, and sent round to face to face communication before and after several rounds, and reported on the formulation of the program and software optimization and upgrading. In January 26, 2018, Baidu Inc submitted a formal upgrade program, from the elimination of unnecessary sensitive permissions, permission to use additional tips to upgrade the software frame, the creation of a special module for permission to select and optimize privacy policies, safeguard consumer information security, in February 8th, the new APP update all on-line.
According to the actual measurement, Baidu's previous problems have been put in place in order to protect consumers' personal information safety. The purpose of the consumer protection committee to initiate the consumption civil public interest litigation has been achieved. The Provincial Consumer Protection Committee has submitted the petition for withdrawal to the intermediate people's Court of Nanjing according to law.
It is the first civil public interest litigation of personal information safety consumption in China, which has certain social significance. The consumers of network service demand is very strong, some consumers are not aware of the importance of personal information security, little of their channels of information leakage, serious consequences, rights of way knowledge, and once found that personal information was leaked or abused, and will be difficult to collect evidence, rights to redress the plight of. After the public interest litigation was brought up, it aroused wide attention and discussion of the society, and aroused the consciousness of the consumer's personal information security from the source protection.