Mobike faces probe by Berlin data protection regulator

Watchdog to investigate possible breach of GDPR by Chinese bike-sharing group

Mobike faces probe by berlin data protection regulator

China’s Mobike is under investigation by data regulators in Germany over suspicions that the fast-growing bike-sharing group might be in breach of European data law.

Mobike’s distinctive orange bikes have become a common sight in 23 cities across Europe, including London, Paris, Madrid, Milan and Rotterdam. Worldwide, it claims to have more than 200m registered users.

In Berlin, however, the group now faces a potentially serious regulatory setback, after the capital’s data protection watchdog said it would probe Mobike’s data and privacy policies.

In a statement to the Financial Times, a spokesman said: “The Berlin commissioner for data protection and freedom of information had already planned to launch an investigation into car- and bike-sharing companies . . . It is planned to request a written response from Mobike in the coming week and to request answers to a catalogue of questions.”

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