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China Passes Network Security Law
10 November 2016
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On November 7, 2016, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China adopted the Network Security Law, which will come into force on June 1, 2017. The country’s first-ever law devoted solely to cybersecurity codifies a variety of cyber-crimes such as illegally obtaining or selling personal information, disseminating malicious software or “prohibited information,” and online fraud.
It also imposes obligations on “Network Operators” with regard to the protection of personal information, content monitoring for “prohibited information,” and cooperation with the authorities.
The Law also imposes additional data localization, data transfer restrictions, and cybersecurity obligations on “Critical Information Infrastructure Operators”.
Further, it envisions pre-approval of “critical network equipment” and “specialized cyber-security products” and security screening for “network products or services.”
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