IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 11 May 2017 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Local operations

The Cyberspace Administration of China announced a draft law in April 2017, which states that all data being transferred overseas with a size of over 1,000GB or affecting more than 500,000 inividuals must be submitted for inspection by the relevant authorities, to determine if it affects national security. If so, the data must stay in China.

The official criteria for offending data are below:

  • Personal information being transferred without consent of affected individuals
  • Data that poses a risk to national political, economic, scientific, technical, defence or 'other security' and/or may harm 'social and public interests'
  • Data from the State Council, Ministry of Public Security, or other related ministries' data that is not permitted for export

This may affect foriegn firms' operations between Chinese and other international branches, as the criteria are rather vague and open to interpretation.

The draft law comes into effect on May 11th, 2017, until which point citizens may send their 'comments' to the CAC for consideration.

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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TABLE
EXPORT

AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

842 Internet telecommunications services
843 On-line content
844 News agency services
845 Library & archive services
846 Broadcasting, programming & programme distribution services

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