D&B shuts Shanghai unit in privacy investigation

DUN & Bradstreet, a global business information firm, said some of its local employees in China may have violated US anti-bribery laws and has suspended operations at one of its local units pending an inquiry.

The company said it is investigating allegations that data collection practices at Shanghai Roadway D&B Marketing Services, which it formed in 2009, may violate Chinese consumer data privacy laws.

State television said the Shanghai unit had private information, including income levels, job titles and addresses for some 150m Chinese residents and had sold individuals’ details for 1.5 yuan (23 cents) each to companies involved in marketing or phone sales, the Shanghai Daily reported yesterday.

Shanghai police confiscated four computer servers at the unit’s headquarters and questioned three senior executives, the newspaper said yesterday.