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A look at China’s sweeping new cyber-security law

Jaclyn Jaeger | March 7, 2017

The recent adoption of China’s sweeping new cyber-security law, and a follow-up draft security review framework published last month, serves as a stern warning to foreign companies in the country that it’s time to reassess your data privacy practices and cyber-security controls.

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, passed the “Cyber-security Law of the People’s Republic of China” in November. It takes effect June 1, 2017.

China’s cyber-security law primarily applies to the “construction, operation, maintenance, and usage of networks, as well as network security supervision and management within the mainland territory of the People’s Republic of China,” according to an unofficial English translation of the law provided by China Law Translate. The overall intent, the law states, is “to ensure network security, to safeguard cyberspace sovereignty, national security, and the societal public interest.”

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