A Morrison Foerster client alert discusses legislative changes issued by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on the collection, storage and use of personal information by Internet companies, effective March 15. MIIT issued Several Regulations on Standardizing Marker Order for Internet Information Services in December 2011, which "cast a relatively broad net," the report states, including prior consent requirements for collecting or sharing personal information, requirements for data storage and sanctions for misuse that include "rectification orders, warnings and penalties ranging from RMB10,000 to RMB30,000."
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