Does Your Data Need “a Visa” to Travel Abroad?
The Cybersecurity Law of the People’s Republic of China (the “Cybersecurity Law”), adopted by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on November 7th, 2016, will take effect on June 1st, 2017. In order to ensure its implementation, the Cybersecurity Law set targets for construction of key areas of the system and for authorities to formulate specific implementation measures. The Measures for the Security Assessment of Personal Information and Important Data to be Transmitted Abroad(Draft for Comment) (the “Assessment Measures”) was just issued on April 11th, 2017. This Article analyzes its main points, describes practical compliance by affected enterprises and points out the issues that need to be further clarified or improved.