China Creates New Cybersecurity Regulation

China has recently released new cybersecurity regulations. The onerous set of rules affects individuals and businesses alike. Individuals are prohibited from sharing content that will “damage national unity” and must register for online services with their real name and other personal information. Corporations must store data locally, which would allow for Chinese surveillance. The Chinese government must also be given the access capability to shut down products and services as the government sees fit when responding to security incidents. Furthermore, all companies operating within Chinese territory will be required to provide “technical support” to the government. While it is unclear exactly what the government definition of “technical support” is, it is thought to mean that these organizations will be required to provide the government with backdoor access to its otherwise secure (encrypted) products and services.

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