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: 15 Jun 2014 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Local operations

Ine June 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the PRC announced it would be rolling out a series of new national standards and guidelines, to which all entities involved in the processing of any Chinese citizen's 'health information' data must adhere. One of these new regulations was the interdiction of storing 'population health information on servers abroad, or on leased servers', i.e. all relevant data must now be stored within Chinese borders.

This state act raises the barrier for foreign firms wishing to conduct operations in the health industry in China, as the transferral of any data overseas inevitably results in its storage, if only temporary. This additionally makes even the processing of any data very difficult for such firms, and forces them to buy CCP-approved equipment, located in China to carry out their business.

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

842 Internet telecommunications services
846 Broadcasting, programming & programme distribution services
931 Human health services

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