Southeast Asia’s most valuable startup, Grab Holdings, had just been fined for its fourth data privacy leak since 2018

Posted on Sep 16 2020 - 11:10am by Newsfeed


Singaporean ride-hailing giant Grab has been fined S$10,000 (US$7,311) by the Singaporean privacy watchdog, the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC), for what is being called the fourth data privacy breach that the Southeast Asian tech unicorn has been embroiled in.

Given the super app’s market worth, the fine is more symbolic than anything else but has been called a “cause for concern” by authorities.

case report by the Deputy Commissioner of the PDPC, Yeong Zee Kin, alleges that the August 2019 update of the popular Grab mobile app unwittingly risked the personal data of 21,541 passengers and drivers, comprising names, profile pictures, and vehicle plate numbers, associated with the GrabHitch carpooling service that the app offers.