Two years on since the first draft, the final act of the legislative passage saga of the long-awaited People’s Republic of China Encryption Law ended with its passage on 26 October 2019. It will take effect on 1 January 2020. The final text of the Encryption Law clearly represents a step in the right direction in terms of putting in place a comprehensive law in the encryption field, a sensitive and highly regulated area which China closely associates with state secrecy, and which historically has caused foreign investors great confusion with its strange mix of legislation that said one thing and policies that said another.
On 19 May 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China released a revised draft of its Security Assessment for Personal Information and Important Data Transmitted Outside of the People’s Republic of China Measures. The draft emerged just over a week after public comments closed on the first draft of the measures. the Second Draft Export Review Measures do, to an extent, relax some of the more stringent requirements stated in the First Draft Export Review Measures and originally due to become law on 1 June, 2017 when China’s Cyber Security Law takes effect. However, the revised draft measures as set out in the Second Draft Export Review Measures still leave a significant compliance challenge for multi-national businesses operating in China . We explore the Second Draft Export Review Measures below.
While personal data privacy law has been developing in many jurisdictions with the increasing prevalence of internet usage, the People’s Republic of China has not yet enacted comprehensive laws or regulations governing the collection, use and transfer of personal data. However, this may change soon, as indicated by the recent issuance of the draft Information Security Technology — Guide of Personal Information Protection (the “Guidelines”, issued jointly by the General Administration of Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine and the Standardization Administration of the PRC on 30 January 2011).
This post was provided by Julia Peng of Hogan Lovells’ Beijing office. On 19 October 2010, the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”) State Administration of Industry and Commerce ("SAIC") issued the Second Revision of the PRC Consumer Protection Law (Draft for Comments) (the "Draft Consumer Law"). A significant addition to the Draft Consumer Law is […]