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January 31 2017

New data privacy obligations for Chinese employers

Starting June 1, 2017, Chinese employers will be required to follow more directives with regards to safeguarding employee's personal information.

The Cyber Security Law (CSL) was originally passed to address significant gaps in protections around personal data and security in China. New directives will now include data privacy protection, and will impose obligations on companies who handle personal information electronically.

The CSL defines personal information as data collected, stored or transmitted electronically, to include a citizen's name, date of birth, ID card number, personal biometric information, address and telephone number.