Transferring data overseas under the Cybersecurity Law

Nov 2, 2017
Businesses await clarity on scope and procedure following a set of a draft rules that mandate security assessments for exporting personal and important data in critical fields

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The first draft of the PRC Cybersecurity Law (CSL) was published at the beginning of 2015, aimed at bringing China in line with global best practices for cybersecurity. Two years and three versions later, the law officially came into force on June 1, 2017. This highly condensed legislative process indicates China’s eagerness to have the CSL in place as soon as possible. However, having the new law promulgated so swiftly with a lack of key supporting implementing rules and guidelines left many fundamental principles unclear.

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