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China Adopts Online Privacy Rules

PRIVACY LAW—CHINA

January 2, 2013

Chinese lawmakers have approved rules to increase personal data protection online, China.org.cn reports. Adopted by officials on the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the rules will reportedly help “promote social harmony and stability and safeguard national security.” One legislator said, "The decision uses the legal form to protect personal information security, set down the network identity management policy, clarify the duties of service providers and endow government watchdogs with necessary supervisory measures.” Some are concerned the identity management policy requiring Internet users to use their real names will hamper the anonymity of whistleblowers. Meanwhile, Baker & McKenzie analyzes Singapore’s recently passed Personal Data Protection Act.
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