China’s guidelines for personal information protection for public and commercial services “not only shed some much-needed light on the mainland’s data privacy regime, but also pave the way for more comprehensive regulation in the future.” That’s according to Scott Thiel of DLA Piper Hong Kong, who says in South China Morning Post that the guidelines are the mainland’s “first significant attempt at defining data privacy concepts for more general application,” but adds the application is limited in scope as it only applies to personal information stored in computer networks and only to the private sector. Additionally, the guidelines are not enforceable by law, but are instead a voluntary national standard.
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