ChinaÂ’s Personal Information Protection Law

China recently passed its first national Personal Information Protection law, providing the government with additional legal backing for scrutinizing the personal information collection and usage by private companies. It will come to effect from November 1, 2021. It is based on the principle of informed consent, meaning the data processors would mandatorily require the data ownersÂ’ permission before using the information.
The legislation is similar to the EuropeÂ’s General Data Protection Regulation. It will significantly reduce collection and usage of personal data of Chinese citizens. However, this does not minimize the governmentÂ’s widespread use of surveillance.

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