CITIC Bank probed over client data leak

Lender comes under gaze of regulator following apology to comedian for divulging transaction information

by Nadeem Xu
CITIC Bank probed over client data leak
Citic Bank apologised for leak of comedian’s data.

(ATF) China's banking regulator on Saturday announced an investigation into China CITIC Bank for the leakage of confidential client information.

In March, the bank provided transaction details of a personal bank account to a third party without the authorisation of the client, the customer protection bureau under the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) said in an online statement.

The bank has failed to fulfill its confidentiality duty to depositors and is suspected of violating the legitimate interests of customer, said the CBIRC.

The bureau will initiate the investigation procedures in accordance with relevant laws and regulations, the statement said.

Chinese stand-up comedian Wang Yuechi last week accused China CITIC Bank of disclosing transaction information of his personal account.