According to a researcher, there’s an open Chinese database that contains the personal information of more than 1.8 million women. It includes their phone numbers and their addresses.
The data was found by Victor Gevers, a Dutch internet expert from the non-profit GDI. Foundation, and he even posted a series of screenshots of it.
The server of the database is in China, and it also included fields labeled for age, education, marital status, and a column named “BreedReady”, which is probably a poor translation of Chinese, and it’s a term usually used to describe whether a woman has children or is of child-bearing age.
Many women’s rights advocates and critics have been worried just how far the government might go to encourage more women to have children, especially after officials have stated that they are concerned over China’s falling birthrates.
It remains unclear whether the database is related to a dating app or a government registry (or another company or organization).
Gevers said that they don’t have more of it at the moment, but their primary concern is that it gets secured ASAP.
The youngest girl on the list was 15, and almost 90% of the women included were listed as single. 82% of them were listed as living in Beijing, and the average age of women in the database was 32.