China's Cyber Security Law - examining the potential impact across multiple sectors

China has finally adopted its Cyber Security Law (the Law), which drew at the time of its drafting a substantial amount of criticism, particularly from overseas businesses concerned about the Law’s impact on their operations. While the Law has been adopted, there is still plenty of room however for interpretation and for the Government to subsequently decide how the Law shall be implemented. This article provides an overview of the main requirements and provisions of the Law and how it could affect different types of businesses.

This article first appeared in Digital Business December 2016.

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