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个人信息保护法 (gèrén xìnxī bǎohùfǎ): Personal information protection law

China Daily | Updated: 2019-03-06 07:31

The 13th National People's Congress, the top legislature, holds a news conference in Beijing on March 4, 2019. [Photo by Kuang Linhua/chinadaily.com.cn]

Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the second session of the 13th National People's Congress, said at a news conference on Monday that China is preparing to introduce the law of personal information protection soon.

According to Zhang, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress has listed a personal information protection law in this session's legislation planning, which is being studied and drafted now.

With the rapid development of internet information technology and the digital economy, citizens' legal rights and interests have been frequently undermined due to the illegal collection, abuse and disclosure of personal information.

Nowadays there is even an emerging industry for illegal transactions of personal information.

Enhancing personal information protection through legislation is urgently needed to protect citizens' privacy and life and property safety, as well as regulating the healthy and orderly development of the internet.

Zhang pointed out that China has already enacted several laws, regulations and rules relating to personal information protection, such as the Criminal Law, General Provisions of the Civil Law, the Law on the Protection of Consumer Rights and Interests, the Cyber Security Law and E-Commerce Law.

Nowadays we need a specific law to comprehensively curb illegal usage of personal information, in order to strengthen protection of people's privacy and legal rights and interests.

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