Update: Foreign corporate investigators jailed in China for buying private data

Aug 13, 2014

by Doreen Weisenhaus with contributions by Rick Glofcheski and Yan Mei Ning (Expanded Second Edition, Hong Kong University Press 2014)

8 August 2014 — In a closely watched case, a Shanghai court sentenced British corporate investigator Peter Humphrey to two-and-a-half years in jail and his American wife Yu Yingzeng to two years for “illegally obtaining private information” in violation of China’s personal data laws. The couple’s firm had been hired by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to investigate bribery allegations in China.  It is believed to be the first time foreigners have faced charges of violating China’s privacy laws. (This development updates reference on page 121 of the book.)

“China jails British corporate investigator Peter Humphrey for two years,”  Sydney Morning Herald, 9 August 2014.