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04-09-2021 | 16:20 PM

China's new Online Privacy Law

• China has recently passed a data protection law setting out tougher rules on how companies collect and handle their users’ information. 

About the new rule: 

• The Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) lays out for the first time a comprehensive set of rules around data collection, processing, and protection, that were previously governed by piecemeal legislation. 

• The law will take effect on November 1, 2021. The full text of the final version hasn’t yet been released. 

• Under the new rule, China targets tech giants who are collecting personal data. 

• Under it, China’s top legislative body, state as well as private entities handling personal information are required to reduce data collection and obtain user consent before processing it. 

NOTE: New law has been modeled on the basis of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. This EU law is considered the world's strictest online privacy protection law.