Chinese e-retailer Temu’s promotion raises concerns

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Chinese e-retailer Temu has remarkably changed the terms of cash giveaways after consumers have voiced concerns.
Chinese e-retailer Temu has remarkably changed the terms of cash giveaways after consumers have voiced concerns.

Chinese e-retailer Temu has remarkably changed the terms of cash giveaways after consumers have voiced concerns.

A promotional campaign by the online marketplace Temu has sparked controversy due to its requirement for participants to permanently surrender significant amounts of personal data in exchange for cash rewards of up to £50. 

While initially brushing off concerns, Temu has now acknowledged the need to revise its terms and conditions, which were criticized for being overly broad.

Revised Terms and Continuing Scrutiny

Initially dismissing the terms as standard, Temu has since admitted to tweaking them, recognizing their broad nature. 

Despite this adjustment, the Information Commissioner’s Office, which had been investigating concerns surrounding the promotion, has stated that it will continue to assess the issues raised, highlighting ongoing scrutiny of Temu’s practices.

Background of Temu

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Temu, a Chinese-owned online marketplace, entered the US market in 2022 and expanded to the UK in the following year. 

It has gained attention for its competitive pricing and wide range of products, earning comparisons to “Amazon on steroids.” However, its business practices have faced criticism, with accusations of potential links to forced labor.

Details of the Promotion

The promotion offered cash rewards ranging from £40 to £50 to new users who signed up others within a 24-hour period using a shareable link. 

Rewards were distributed via PayPal or as Temu store credit. Existing account holders were also eligible to participate, albeit with higher thresholds for rewards.

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