China: 46 global business groups urge Chinese govt. to revise draft cybersecurity law, saying it would harm trade

"In a letter addressed to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, 46 global business groups...urged Beijing to revise its draft cyber rules, which they said would hamper trade…They say the draft regulations, as well as cyber rules from China’s insurance regulator, include provisions for invasive government security reviews and onerous requirements to keep data in China…"

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包括驻华美国商会在内的46家国际企业团体日前联名致函中国国务院总理李克强,再度对即将结束中国人大三读并付诸实施的网络安全法草案表示严重关切。这些跨国企业分别来自美洲、欧洲、亚洲和大洋洲等地区。联署函要求中国政府依据国际贸易法规修正新网络安全法,并认为新法很多条款实际上是“贸易壁垒”,严重削弱国际企业在中国市场竞争力同时,也无益于加强网络安全…

有参与抗议活动的企业代表指出,新网络安全法和保险业新规要求科技供应商向中国政府提供软件原理等科技和商业机密,并将迫使企业向中国政府提供中国公民在相关网页的网络活动记录。联署函说,新法对信息安全技术做出了严格的限制,将使数据盗窃变得更容易,并将违反国际贸易组织(WTO)规则。

中国政府的官方态度是,需要通过网络安全法来防止恐怖主义和反政府行为。不过,有中国企业界人士已经私下表示,新法最终的目的是为当前竞争力不足的中国高科技企业提供保护与支持…

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包括駐華美國商會在內的46家國際企業團體日前聯名致函中國國務院總理李克強,再度對即將結束中國人大三讀並付諸實施的網絡安全法草案表示嚴重關切。這些跨國企業分別來自美洲、歐洲、亞洲和大洋洲等地區。聯署函要求中國政府依據國際貿易法規修正新網絡安全法,並認為新法很多條款實際上是“貿易壁壘”,嚴重削弱國際企業在中國市場競爭力同時,也無益於加強網絡安全…

有參與抗議活動的企業代表指出,新網絡安全法和保險業新規要求科技供應商向中國政府提供軟件原理等科技和商業機密,並將迫使企業向中國政府提供中國公民在相關網頁的網絡活動記錄。聯署函說,新法對信息安全技術做出了嚴格的限制,將使數據盜竊變得更容易,並將違反國際貿易組織(WTO)規則。

中國政府的官方態度是,需要通過網絡安全法來防止恐怖主義和反政府行為。不過,有中國企業界人士已經私下表示,新法最終的目的是為當前競爭力不足的中國高科技企業提供保護與支持…

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11 August 2016

Business groups slam China's draft cybersecurity rules

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In a letter addressed to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, 46 global business groups spanning finance, information technology, insurance and manufacturing urged Beijing to revise its draft cyber rules, which they said would hamper trade. The signatories include industry associations from Asia, Australia, the United States, Mexico and Europe…They say the draft regulations, as well as cyber rules from China’s insurance regulator, include provisions for invasive government security reviews and onerous requirements to keep data in China…

China’s Foreign Ministry did not respond immediately to a request for comment on the letter on Thursday. Chinese officials have said the cyber security rules, along with internet restrictions including the blocking of popular foreign sites like Google and Facebook, were needed to ensure security against growing threats such as terrorism.

The first draft of the cybersecurity law, published more than a year ago, toughened user privacy protection from hackers and data resellers, but also boosted the government’s powers to access and block dissemination of private information records that Chinese law deems illegal. It is not clear when the law may be adopted, but it could undergo a final reading by the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, or parliament, later this year…

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