On 7 November 2016, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC” or “China”) issued the Cyber Security Law (“CSL”). This new law, which will come into force on 1 June 2017, imposes stringent obligations on network operators, with an aim to improve online security, prevent networks from attacks and intrusion, and ensure the integrity, correct use and confidentiality of network data.
“Network operators” are defined as network owners, network managers and network services providers. “Network” is defined as a system comprising computers and/or other information terminals and equipment that collects, stores, transmits, exchanges, and processes information under specific rules and procedures.
Given the broad scope of the CSL, the law will likely impact a wide range of business operators in China. This Client Alert highlights its main provisions.