China Orders Stores to Remove More Apps Operated by Didi Global’s China Arm

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BEIJING—China ordered mobile app stores to remove 25 more apps operated by Didi Global Inc.’s China arm, saying the apps illegally collect personal data, escalating its regulatory actions against the ride-hailing firm.

The apps newly targeted on Friday include Didi’s app for drivers, a carpool app and a financing app. Earlier this week, the Cyberspace Administration of China ordered mobile stores to remove Didi’s main app in China.

On Friday, the cyber watchdog also banned websites and platforms from providing access to Didi-linked services in China, according to the watchdog’s statement.

Didi has faced a spate of Chinese regulatory actions in the past week, which sent its shares tumbling days after it started publicly trading on the New York Stock Exchange on June 30. The latest move is an escalation from the watchdog’s earlier announcements because it would likely impact existing users that access Didi’s ride-hailing and other services through other platforms.

Didi didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Users who had downloaded Didi’s apps appeared unaffected.

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