On Nov. 7, China’s National People's Congress Standing Committee enacted its Cybersecurity Law, which will come into force June 1, 2017. With the official promulgation, China’s data protection legislation is entering into a new stage. In this Privacy Tracker post, Wei Fan, CIPM, CIPP/C, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, CIPT, and Jason Meng write about the reasons behind the nation's focus on data protection and offer an overview of the new Cybersecurity Law and the draft General Principles of Civil Law, which defines a right to personal information as a basic civil right. The Cybersecurity Law puts forward new requirements for how network operators collect and handle personal information. Meng and Fan write that by introducing these two laws, "China has realized the integration with the existing international standard as well as U.S. and European personal information protection legislation."
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