China considering personal data law

Summary: Country’s existing laws lack specific rules and definition for crimes related to personal data, which makes it tougher for law enforcement officers to convict criminals, report states.China’s police force is pushing for more regulated and clearly defined parameters on crimes involving the theft of personal data, as existing ones hamper its efforts to obtain convictions.In a report on Tuesday, the China Daily interviewed Liao Jinrong, deputy director of the criminal investigation department under the Ministry of Public Security, who said while existing criminal laws cover the illegal obtaining, offering, or selling of personal data, they lack specific rules and definitions. This makes it difficult for law enforcement officials to secure convictions, he added.

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