Tag Archives: data privacy

China Cops, Data Privacy, and the Latest Crackdown Campaign

November 20, 2012

If you’ve been in and around China long enough, you’ll know that personal data is something that is routinely bought and sold. The most common, and egregious, example of this involves telecom companies and mobile phone numbers. Why does everyone here receive thousands of spam phone calls and texts every year? Because phone numbers are […]

China to Issue Medical Information Card

February 6, 2012

If the U.S. government came up with a similar plan, the libertarians and conspiracy theory whackos would scream bloody murder and pressure Congress to drop it. Too bad, since this sounds like a pretty good idea: A card to store people’s health records and settle medical expenses will be launched nationwide by China’s Ministry of […]

New Draft Internet Regulations: MIIT Bites Off More Than It Can Chew

January 15, 2011

The new draft regulations, a knee-jerk response to the recent Tencent-Qihoo fight, run the gamut from defamation to data privacy to unfair competition. If MIIT wanted to muddy the IT legal waters and invite an agency turf battle, this is perfect legislation.

China’s Trust Gap: Data Privacy and Real ID

July 9, 2010

Implementing Real ID requirements would be a lot easier with a crackdown on misuse of personal information. Netizens need to know they can trust their online service providers, and only a robust data privacy law will get us to where we need to go.