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China’s new cyber security laws will ‘lock out’ businesses

Business and human rights groups have raised concerns about new legislation just passed by China’s parliament that is aimed at countering growing threats such as hacking and terrorism.

The new cyber security law, which will take effect in June 2017, is an “objective need” of China as a major internet power, a leading government official said.

However, overseas critics of the law claim it threatens to shut foreign vendors out of various sectors deemed “critical”, and includes contentious requirements for security reviews and for data to be stored on servers in China.

Human rights advocates are concerned the law will enhance restrictions on China’s internet, already subject to the world’s most sophisticated online censorship mechanism, known outside China as the Great Firewall.

Yang Heqing, an official on the National People’s Congress standing committee, said the internet was already deeply linked to China’s national security and development.

“China is an internet power, and as one of the countries that faces the greatest internet security risks, urgently needs to establish and perfect network security legal systems,” he said.

More than 40 global business groups petitioned Chinese premier Li Keqiang in August, urging Beijing to amend what they said were controversial sections of the law. Chinese officials have said it would not interfere with foreign business interests.

Contentious provisions remained in the final draft issued by the parliament, including requirements for “critical information infrastructure operators” to store personal information and important business data in China, provide unspecified “technical support” to security agencies, and pass national security reviews.

Those demands have raised concerns within companies that fear they would have to hand over intellectual property or open back doors within products in order to operate in the Chinese market.

 

Read the full article at itnews:

http://www.itnews.com.au/news/chinas-new-cyber-security-laws-will-lock-out-businesses-440929

 

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