China’s New Cybersecurity Law Leaves Foreign Firms Guessing

As China moves to start enforcing a new cybersecurity law, foreign companies face a major problem: They know very little about it.

The law — which was rubber-stamped by the country’s Parliament last year — is part of wide-ranging efforts by Beijing to manage the internet within China’s borders. Those efforts have been stepped up in the years since Edward J. Snowden, the whistle-blower and former American intelligence contractor, revealed that foreign technology firms could help governments spy.

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China data protection tightened in new laws
Strict new cyber-security legislation is not aimed at limiting foreign companies operating in the country, Chinese officials have said.

The law, due to come into effect on 1 June, bans the collection and sale of users' personal information.

Firms will also have to store user data on servers inside China, and people will be given the right to have their information deleted.

International business groups have appealed against its implementation.

As China ushers in new cyber law, misgivings remain
China ushered in a tough new cyber security law on Thursday, following years of fierce debate around the controversial legislation that many foreign business groups fear will hit their ability to operate in the country.

The law, passed by China's rubber-stamp parliament in November, requires local and overseas firms to submit to security checks and store user data within the country.

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