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China Passes Privacy Protections Law

PRIVACY LAW—CHINA

January 13, 2010

A Hunton and Williams Client Alert reports that the Chinese government has enacted a sweeping tort liability law--the PRC Tort Liability Law--that includes provisions specific to the protection of personal privacy. The law, passed on December 26 and expected to take effect on July 1, covers not only privacy, but also environmental damage and animal bites while establishing parameters for liability in cases where organizations are found to have mishandled personal information. For the first time, PRC Tort Liability Law creates specific private rights of action for citizens in cases where they believe their privacy has been violated.
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