Guangdong tightens data regulations as country tackles sprawling internet industry

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Southern China’s Guangdong Province said on Sunday that it would step up its data regulation efforts by exploring the creation of a “data customs” to examine cross-border data flows and create a large data center. data in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Great Bay region. . The move came as the country tightens its cybersecurity regulations in the wake of Didi’s fallout.

The provincial government will support the construction of the Guangzhou Nansha (Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao) Data Cooperation Pilot Zone and Zhuhai Hengqin Guangdong-Macao Intensive Cooperation Zone, will study the establishment of a “data customs And will review, assess and monitor cross-border data flows, according to a notice released by Guangdong officials on Sunday.

The proposed data legislation in Shenzhen also includes the construction of a pilot demonstration zone for the construction of socialism with Chinese characteristics, the promotion of the capitalization and supervision of data rights and interests, and the standardization of collection. , data processing, application and quality management.

A data center for the Great Bay region and a data exchange market should be established in Shenzhen.

Likewise, Shanghai has actively promoted data legislation and is working to formally roll out new data regulations during this year, local outlet Shanghai Observer reported on Sunday.

Local governments’ decision on data regulation follows Chinese authorities crackdown on data breaches in the sprawling internet sector, which could pose national and public security risks in the event of a critical data breach.

China on Saturday tightened cybersecurity requirements for Chinese businesses with a set of draft rules. This includes a regulatory review for companies in China that hold the data of one million or more users before applying for an overseas IPO.

The announcement came less than a week after a wave of regulations were imposed on internet platforms regarding data protection and monopoly practices.

Three more Chinese internet platforms went live on July 5, three days after China’s cybersecurity regulator announced a review of the country’s leading carpooling platform, Didi Chuxing.



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