On, November 7, the Standing Committee of China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), adopted the Cyber Security Law of 2016 (unofficial English translation on China Law Translate). The NPC released a first draft in July 2015, which elicited substantial comment from the Western business community. In June 2016, the NPC released a second draft with some changes, but relatively the same on the main issues identified in the comments. This blog commented on that draft. The final law adopted is substantially the same.
Effective on June 1 Next Year
The law is effective June 1, 2017. The law describes the government authorities responsible for enforcing the law as the “state network information departments” and the State Council’s departments for telecommunications, public security, and a catch-all for “other relevant organs” (Art. 8). The term “state network information departments” appears to refer to the Cyberspace Administration of China, which is also
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