China’s Cryptography Law: Embarking on a New Era of Cryptography Regulation

Dec 12, 2019
Fang Zhou and Yue (Brett) Zhang of JunHe review the old regulatory system of cryptography law and how the newly introduced PRC Cryptography Law brings a more flexible approach for cipher products to flourish in China.
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On Oct. 26, 2019, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress passed the PRC Cryptography Law (Cryptography Law) (中华人民共和国密码法).  The Cryptography Law is the first cryptography statute at a national law level, replacing old regulations that have been in use for more than two decades. By introducing major changes to the existing regulatory regime on cipher products, the Cryptography Law marks a new era of cipher regulation in China, particularly in relation to the use of cipher in commercial environment.

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