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China Adopts Internet Regulations


China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has promulgated regulations governing the collection, storage and use of personal information by parties providing information services over the Internet.  Coverage by the regulations includes not only entities known in the West as Internet Service Providers, but also Chinese companies whose principal business is online as well as Chinese companies with more limited online activities.  The new rules, Several Regulations on Standardizing Market Order for Internet Information Service, adopts the European definition of personal information; requires user consent for collection and disclosure; imposes obligations to secure data and take immediate remedial measures in case of breaches; requires expressly informing users of the method, content and purpose of collection and limiting use to such purpose; and makes violators subject to sanctions that include rectification orders, warnings and modest financial penalties.  The regulations come into effect on March 15, 2012.

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