China shows gradual approach to regulation of critical networks

On 10 July 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) released draft rules (“Draft”) on critical information infrastructure (“CII”) with a consultation period of one month. The Draft enunciates certain principles for the identification of CII and obligations of operators of CII. Whilst the Draft seeks to clarify certain aspects of the 2016 Cyber Security Law (“CSL”), it still largely repeats the CSL’s broad principles, and paves the way for detailed guidance to be separately issued following publication of the final rules.

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