China to go ahead with controversial cybersecurity law

Author : Beijing Bulltetin

Posted : Tuesday 8th November, 2016


 

  • The law will take motion in June of 2017
  • The law will require companies to verify a user entering their site
  • China has one of the most rigid internet censorship plans

 

BEIJING, China – A new cybersecurity law has been adopted by China and according to Beijing, the law, albeit controversial, will help lower the increasing amount of cybercrime in the country’s virtual space.

 

The law, that has come into question by foreign trade bodies is set to affect businesses the most.

 

Reports from China quoted a parliament official as confirming that the law will take motion in June 2017 and that it is an “objective need” of the country.

 

Foreign analysts have pointed out that several IT companies will be locked out of servers deemed “critical” and will be bound to store crucial data for security in servers native to China.

 

The law will not allow users to put forward a variety of facts online, including anything that disturbs ‘national honour,’ disturbs ‘economic or social order’ or targets ‘overthrowing the socialist system.’

 

The law will require companies to verify a user entering their site making anonymity extinct.

 

Chinese researcher at Amnesty International, Patrick Poon, stated, “This dangerous law commandeers internet companies to be de facto agents of the state, by requiring them to censor and provide personal data to the authorities at a whim.”

 

China already has one of the most rigid internet censorship plan for its citizens.

 

The implications of the new law will further complicate security requirements.

 

An official on the National People’s Congress standing committee, Yang Heqing supported the bill with the argument that the internet was bedded with national security of China and cyber crime posed a great threat to the nation.

 

He said, “China is an internet power, and as one of the countries that faces the greatest internet security risks, urgently needs to establish and perfect network security legal systems.”

 

However, in August, more than 40 multinational companies had signed a petition, opposing the bill, and sent it to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, urging him to speak against the bill.

 

The Chinese Parliament has ensured that it would not be interfering with foreign companies.

 

Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, James Zimmerman, has termed the bill as “vague, ambiguous, and subject to broad interpretation by regulatory authorities.”

 

China’s Director of Human Rights Watch, Sophie Richardson stated, “Despite widespread international concern from corporations and rights advocates for more than a year, Chinese authorities pressed ahead with this restrictive law without making meaningful changes.”

 

Meanwhile, the Director General of the bureau of cyber security for the Cyberspace Administration of China Zhao Zeliang, stated, “The law fits international trade protocol and its purpose is to safeguard national security. China’s cybersecurity requirements are not being used as a trade barrier.”

 

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