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Draft Measures on Transfer of Personal and Important Data out of China Released

On 11 April 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China released a highly anticipated draft of the Measures on Security Assessment of the Cross-Border Transfer of Personal Information and Important Data (the "Draft Measures") for public comments, for a period of one month until 11 May 2017. The Draft Measures were released pursuant to the Cybersecurity Law, which takes effect from 1 June 2017. This Client Update discusses the scope and implications of the Draft Measures.

China Passes the General Provisions of its Civil Law

The National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China (the "PRC") passed the General Provisions of the PRC Civil Law (in Chinese, 中华人民共和国民法总则) (the "General Provisions") on 15 March 2017, which will take effect on 1 October 2017. The General Provisions are the opening chapter of the PRC civil code planned to be enacted in 2020, covering principles of civil law, definitions of terms in the civil legal system, civil rights, basic rules for civil acts, agency, civil liability, and litigation. In this Update, we set out some key highlights of the General Provisions.

PRC Enacts Cyber Security Law

The Cyber Security Law of the People’s Republic of China (中华人民共和国网络安全法) (the “Cyber Security Law”) has been the subject of much attention, going through a number of stages of development. On 7 November 2016, the PRC’s highest legislative authority, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, officially enacted the Cyber Security Law following a third and final round of amendments. The Cyber Security Law will come into effect on 1 June 2017. This article looks at the changes that have been made to the final Cyber Security Law since the second draft, and the potential impact of these changes.