The National People's Congress Standing Committee of China has passed a cybersecurity law that has human rights and privacy activists worried, PCWorld reports. “Despite widespread international concern from corporations and rights advocates for more than a year, Chinese authorities pressed ahead with this restrictive law without making meaningful changes,” said Human Rights Watch China Director Sophie Richardson. The law will require many companies to collect the real names and other personal data from internet users, while also putting the "burdens of storing data locally for foreign internet companies," the report states. Ultimately, the law is a “regressive measure that strengthens censorship, surveillance, and other controls over the internet," the HRW added in a statement.
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