China seeks to tighten cyber restrictions as its online economic evolution continues

On 6 July 2016, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (the “NPCSC”) published the second draft of the Cyber Security Law (the “Second Draft”) for public comment over a one-month consultation period.

The Cyber Security Law is set to become the first legislation enacted by the NPCSC that specifically deals with cyber networks in China, and in particular the supervision of network security. This increased attention by China’s regulators to the country’s online ecosystem may not be surprising given reports such as that by analysts eMarketer, which predicts that the internet penetration rate among the Chinese population aged between 12 and 44 will grow to 90% by 2018.

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