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New Amendment, Legislation Address PII Protection

PRIVACY LAW—CHINA

November 9, 2011

Two separate acts of legislation have been passed in China to address the protection of citizens' personal information, Hunton & Williams' Privacy and Information Security Law Blog reports. An amendment to the Law of the People's Republic of China on Resident Identity Cards provides additional provisions to protect the personal data contained on the cards. The amendment requires agencies and organizations that process the identity card data to keep the information confidential. Violations of the act could result in possible criminal sanctions, imprisonment, fines or civil liabilities. Meanwhile, the Regulation of Information Technology of Jiangsu Province has been passed to address the collection and use of personal information and includes legal responsibilities for violations.   
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