Why China’s draft cybersecurity law has chilling implications for the internet and multinationals

Peace and Freedom

Proposed legislation steps up data protections as well as government controls online

By Nectar Gan
South China Morning Post

China’s top legislature has published a draft cybersecurity law that would cement government control over the internet and data, rules analysts said could further limit online debate and affect multinational companies doing business in China.

The 68-article law was drafted to “safeguard cyberspace sovereignty and national security” from the threat of cyberattack, cybercrime and the spread of “harmful” information online, according to a statement by the National People’s Congress.

The full text of the draft, which had its first reading at an NPC Standing Committee session last month, was posted on the legislature’s website on Monday for public consultation.

It steps up privacy protections for users’ data to prevent it being stolen, leaked…

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