Oct 052010
 
 October 5, 2010  Breaches, Court, Non-U.S., Online

A popular Chinese online chat service is believed to have scanned users’ personal information.

A group of Chinese lawyers has said they will file a privacy lawsuit over one of China’s most popular online chat programs, following complaints that the service had scanned confidential information on users’ computers.

The allegations were reported in the official Chinese media after users ran a new version of the software Antivirus 360, which revealed that the QQ chat program scanned users’ private files for information.

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Wang said the lawsuit would aim to force the parent company of QQ, Tencent, to stop the alleged scanning from taking place, rather than seeking compensation.

Tencent responded with a statement on its website, saying that QQ is equipped with a common virus-detecting system and denying that QQ ever scanned users’ private information.

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