China Turns up the Heat in the Battle Against Abuses of Personal Data

Despite the apparent sidelining of the draft Personal Data Protection Law, which has been circulating since 2006 but appears to have little prospect of becoming law in the foreseeable future, China has nonetheless been very busy stepping up the battle against the abuse of personal data from a legislative perspective in recent years.

In this client briefing, we provide our in-depth analysis of developments surrounding personal data protection and privacy-related legislation in China, including the Decision by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on the Strengthening of the Protection of Network Information that came into force on 28 December 2012 and The Provisions on Protection of Personal Information of Telecommunications and Internet Users which were released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Internet and telecommunications industry regulator on July 16, 2013. The former is a top-down 'helicopter' view that sets out the framework and provides overarching principles with regard to personal data protection. The latter follows the same principles, but provides more of the implementing detail.

*Updated in March 2014

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