Over 1,000 Chinese held for trading personal data

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 10:50 hrs

Beijing, Jan 19 (IANS) As many as 1,152 people have been arrested in China for their alleged involvement in telecom scams and for illegally disclosing and trading in people's personal data, the government said.

Police busted 346 groups of people allegedly engaged in the scams and for kidnapping, blackmail and other related crimes, Xinhua reported citing the ministry of public security.

The gangs were busted in 21 regions, including Beijing.

Police said crimes involving illegal sale of personal data have increased rapidly in recent years.

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