Data Protection Widened by China's Consumer Law Changes

(2013) 126 Privacy Laws & Business International Report, pgs 27-28, December 2013

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2014-08

UTS: Law Research Paper No. 2014/14

4 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2014 Last revised: 27 Aug 2014

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Graham Greenleaf

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law

George Tian

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 5, 2014

Abstract

China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee (its second-highest legislative body) has amended the PRC’s Law on the Protection of Consumer Rights and Interests to include provisions on protection of personal information, along with other amendments. These are the first significant amendments to China’s consumer protection law since its passage in 1993. The Amendments were passed on 25 October 2013, and will come into effect on 15 March 2014.

These Amendments apply to the use of consumers’ personal information by all industries (companies that provide goods or services within China), in both online and offline situations, whereas laws and guidelines made in the last two years (by both the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the NPC Standing Committee itself) were largely confined to Internet and telecommunications services.

For the first time, the cumulative effect of these laws is that China is approaching having a data privacy law for its whole private sector. This article explains the law and its significance to privacy protection.

Keywords: privacy, data protection, China, Asia, consumer law

Suggested Citation

Greenleaf, Graham and Tian, George Yijun, Data Protection Widened by China's Consumer Law Changes (March 5, 2014). (2013) 126 Privacy Laws & Business International Report, pgs 27-28, December 2013; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2014-08; UTS: Law Research Paper No. 2014/14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2404866

Graham Greenleaf (Contact Author)

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George Yijun Tian

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