Chinese People Don’t Care About Privacy Online

It seems that people in China are more open to privacy issues. In most cases, they are ready to enjoy convenience and efficiency on the Internet at the price of privacy. They usually provide their personal data to various service providers.

Is it true?

They have no choice but to compromise

At the age of information, numerous services are available on the Internet. These services bring convenience to them as well as risks. Most websites and apps have privacy policies. If netizens don’t agree with these privacy policies, they are not able to use these apps. Agreeing to the privacy policy means that they need to provide some personal information. For example, if they want to order takeout or a taxi, they will need to provide location information to service providers. To get more accurate news feeds, they should allow others to follow their reading history. What’s worse, their shopping experiences are also revealed so that they can receive individual product recommendations. 

location sharing

Can Chinese people say no?

No, they can not. Whether they like it or not, they can only use privacy to gain convenience.

Most websites and apps, however, are unable to provide better service even with the users’ private information and do not provide protection for the user data they collect. According to some investigations, more than half of these service providers offer an unreasonable privacy policy. The so-called customized recommendations greatly bother Chinese users. Not to mention privacy violations. Websites and apps generally do not take measures to protect user data from data breaches. Once users enter their private information to get better service, they have no idea who will get their information. Therefore, there is no need for users to sacrifice their privacy for convenience and efficiency. They should not trust websites and apps to protect the information they entered.

Many Chinese are not sensitive enough to private information gathered by websites and apps

First, Chinese users often ignore the service of terms and privacy policies that appear during the installation of an app. Generally, the first time an app is opened, users are prompted to agree to the user agreements. The app may also request permission to access the user’s location, camera, etc. At the same time, the user is informed that the collected user data is only used to improve the service. It is true that most Chinese users confirm these conditions without reading them. They are just open the app and enjoy the service as soon as possible.

Second, Chinese users have no choice but to accept these terms in order to use the service. While they enjoy these services, their information is also stored, analyzed and shared with these service companies. Therefore, they are also reluctant to give up using these services or to sacrifice some private data for convenience and efficiency. Most of them choose the latter. Personal information includes basic personal information, shopping habits, bank details, driving records, etc. On the basis of the above data, even more information such as personal income, family members and personality can be analyzed. They are almost naked on the internet.

Over time, they get used to agreeing to these terms. They even enter their sensitive information to get services without hesitation. So they are no longer sensitive to this way of information gathering.

Google allows users to customize the privacy settings for their accounts

Google privacy settings

Compared to websites and apps in China, Google at least allows users to customize their privacy settings. Google has a Privacy Policy that explains how your personal information is used. If you want to know more, you can read more details in the privacy policy. For example, what information is collected, what technology is used, and so on. It also tells you whether your private information is being shared with other companies and organizations or not, in what ways and for what purposes. You will be asked for permission to share your confidential information. 

If you do not like the way your private information is collected, you can enable or disable it in privacy settings. Although you disable some of the features, you can still use various Google services. You can also delete information that should not be recorded. Although Google may want to show you ads, you can choose the ads you want to see and avoid those you do not want to see. There are many other settings that you can customize to your needs. Isn’t that convenient and useful?

In addition, virtual private work that is widely used to protect personal privacy and security online is banned in China.


Chinese users don’t care about their privacy? Of course not. They are only forced to accept information collection while using apps. If there is a choice, they also want to keep their privacy to themselves and enjoy better services on the Internet. 

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