Monday, November 7, 2016

China Passes Cybersecurity Law

A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in Singapore in this January 2, 2014 photo illustration. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Bloomberg: China Passes Cybersecurity Law Despite Strong Foreign Opposition

China has green-lit a sweeping and controversial law that may grant Beijing unprecedented access to foreign companies’ technology and hamstring their operations in the world’s second-largest economy.

The Cyber Security Law was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, and will take effect in June, government officials said Monday. Among other things, it requires internet operators to cooperate with investigations involving crime and national security, and imposes mandatory testing and certification of computer equipment. Companies must also give government investigators full access to their data if wrong-doing is suspected.

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WNU Editor: What this means is that if U.S. tech companies want to do business in China, they will have to not only work with local Chinese companies, but to also give Chinese investigators full access to their data when ordered to.

More News On China Passing Its Cybersecurity Law

China Approves Law to Tighten Control on Internet Use -- AP
China adopts cybersecurity law in face of overseas opposition -- Reuters
China Approves Cybersecurity Law -- WSJ
China's Cybersecurity Law Enacted -- China Tech News

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