China mulls new law to better protect personal information
Chinese lawmakers on Tuesday started deliberating a draft law on personal information protection to further regulate the collection and use of personal data.
The draft was submitted for the first reading at the ongoing session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature.
Personal consent should be obtained on the premise of prior notification for handling private information and individuals have the right to withdraw their consent, said the draft, adding that when important issues are changed, personal consent shall be obtained again.
No product or service shall be denied on the grounds of personal disagreement, the draft noted.
Before processing personal information, the data processor shall inform the individual of matters such as the identity and contact information of the processor, the purpose and method of processing, the type of personal information to be processed and the retention period, all in a conspicuous way and in clear and easy-to-understand language, the draft required.
By March 2020, China had 900 million Internet users, more than 4 million websites and more than 3 million applications, according to an introduction of the draft law.
Personal information protection has become one of the most important and practical issues for everyday people, said the introduction.