China passes new law to protect online user data privacy

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -China’s National People’s Congress on Friday officially passed a law designed to protect online user data privacy and will implement the policy starting November 1, according to state-media outlet Xinhua. China has instructed its tech giants to ensure better secure storage of user data, amid public complaints about mismanagement and misuse which have resulted in user privacy violations. The second draft of the Personal Information Protection law was released publicly in late April. The Personal Information Protection Law, along with the Data Security Law?mark two major regulations set to govern China’s internet in the future. The Personal Information Protection Law, meanwhile, recalls Europe’s GDPR in setting a framework to ensure user privacy.

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