China Issued the Draft Data Security Law
Yan Luo and Zhijing Yu of Covington & Burling write:
On July 2, 2020, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China (“NPC”) released the draft Data Security Law (“Draft Law”) for public comment. The release of the Draft Law marks a step forward in establishing a regulatory framework for the protection of broadly defined “data security” in China, with a particular focus on the governance of “important data,” defined as “data that, if leaked, may directly affect China’s national security, economic security, social stability, or public health and security.” Many provisions of the Draft Law remain vague and lack guidance on how they might be implemented in practice.
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