Lawmakers, political advisers focus on personal data protection

Top lawmakers and political advisers are pushing for improved legislation on personal data protection, urging at the same time for the need to maintain a healthy and robust development of the digital sector.

With the rapid growth of the internet and information technology, there have been cases in which personal data was improperly collected, abused and leaked, undermining people’s rights, according to Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislative body.

The NPC Standing Committee “has put legislation on personal information protection on its agenda,” he said, adding that the relevant departments and agencies are now working on the draft legislation.

Zhang made the remarks at the recent news conference of the session, noting that the country needs a law specifically aimed at protecting personal information, as current channels of protection are too scattered throughout various laws and regulations.

The legislative plan quickly became a hot topic among the NPC deputies, “as it relates to our interest, our personal security and national security”, said Ma Yide, a deputy from Beijing.

Many Western countries have similar privacy protection laws and law schools of most universities in the United States offer the subject as a major course, he said.

“It’s a must to draft the law and it’s necessary to formulate it as soon as possible,” said Ma, who is also a law professor at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law.

Gao Zicheng, another NPC deputy, agreed with Ma and expressed his concern over online criminal activity. ..Read more..

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