China adopts tough law on cyber-security

Nov 10, 2016 | 11:41 am

Published by | Chandan Singh


China yesterday adopted a difficult cybersecurity law which it said was aimed at safeguarding sovereignty on internet space and national security, also to deal with related risks at in both domestic and foreign market.

The new law was passed by China’s legislature, the NPC (National People Congress).

According to the new law, the federal government will take measures to “monitor, defend and handle cybersecurity risks and threats received from within the country or overseas sources, protecting key information infrastructure from harm, intrusion, disturbance and damage”.

Efforts will also be made to punish legal activities online and protect the order and security of cyberspace, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Below the new law, specific users and organizations are not allowed to jeopardize security on the Net or put it to use to “damage national security, honor, and interests”.

Online activities that are attempting to undoing the socialist system, break up area, undermine national oneness, advocate terrorism and extremism are prohibited, in line with the procedures, which also forbade activities including inciting ethnic hate, discrimination and spreading assault and obscene information online.

The legislation was passed at the bimonthly session of the NPC Standing Committee, which concluded today, after a third reading.

China conducts the internet with massive firewalls to safeguard from outside surgery.