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China’s New Data Law Leaves Privacy Questions Unanswered

Law360

17 Jul 2017
Reprinted with permission.

China has adopted comprehensive privacy and cybersecurity regulation in a shift away from its patchwork of laws, but questions remain about how companies will be affected or whether the new law will even tighten security. Miriam H. Wugmeister, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s global Privacy & Data Security Group addresses those concerns in the Law360 article “China’s New Data Law Leaves Privacy Questions Unanswered.”

“These rules … I don’t think they’re being guided by the latest and greatest thinking on cybersecurity,” she said. “Companies that know that they qualify as critical information infrastructure are going to do what they need to in order to comply, because for them it’s not news–they knew already because that’s in the law. It’s everybody else, and if the law gets interpreted to apply to all network operators, I think that actually creates more security vulnerabilities than it protects.”

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