Draft law strengthens China's cyber security legislature

China must handle cybersecurity threats from abroad more forcefully according to a draft law submitted to the top legislature for a second reading on Monday

China must handle cybersecurity threats from abroad more forcefully, according to a draft law submitted to the top legislature for a second reading on Monday. The draft Cyber security Law has a new article that the state must monitor and deal with threats from abroad to protect the information infrastructure from attack, intrusion, disturbance or damage, Xinhua news agency reported.

The draft was submitted to the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee during the start of its six-day bi-monthly session. The draft law sets out sanctions against threats to cyber security. Zhang Haiyang, deputy head of the NPC Law Committee, said that the state should encourage businesses and institutions to certify and evaluate their cyber security regime. The state supports research on data security protection and the opening of public data sources.

The draft law stipulates that big data applications must anonymise information and clearly defines appropriate use of citizens' personal information. The draft stipulates that operators must comply with social and business ethics and accept supervision by both government and the public. It also protects key information infrastructure and stipulates that Chinese citizens' personal information and other data collected in China should remain in the country.Earlier this year, China launched its first cyber security public organisation aimed at better safeguarding national cyber security and guiding internet companies in perform their duties.

The Cyber Security Association of China consists of academic institutes, individuals and internet companies including Tencent and popular internet security company Qihu 360. The organisation will focus on promoting self-discipline in the industry, accelerating the establishment of industry standards and cyber security studies and participating in international cooperation.

During the launch, Wang Xiujun, deputy director of the , the country's internet regulator, said that she hoped the association could emphasize on safeguarding the country's internet security and building up China as an internet power, while attracting more cutting-edge cyber security enterprises and talent to enhance the industry's authority.



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