In stark contrast to the rapid development of e-commerce in China, it has taken nearly five years and no less than four drafts for China to finalise its first e-Commerce Law. The new law will enter into force on 1 January 2019.
This new law has a remarkably broad scope, encompassing many aspects of e-commerce, including, for example, e-payments, … Continue Reading
On September 30, 2016, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC“) issued the draft for comments of the Regulations on Cyberspace Protection of Minors (the “Draft“). A “Minor” is not defined in the Draft, but defined under the Minor Protection Law as any citizen under the age of 18. The term “citizen” is likely to be … Continue Reading
On 6 July 2016, a second draft of the People’s Republic of China Cyber Security Law was released to the public for comment following its second reading by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. The deadline for submitting comments on the second draft is 4 August 2016.
Given the growing cyber threat globally, the Chinese move towards more … Continue Reading
China’s media and publishing regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (“SAPPRFT“), and its telecoms and Internet regulator, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT“), have jointly issued new rules governing online publications in the People’s Republic of China (“China” or the “PRC“): the Online Publication Services … Continue Reading
On 25 March 2016, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (the “MIIT“) issued Draft Rules on the Administration of Internet Domain Names (“Draft“) and issued a call for comments. The Draft has raised serious concerns among the public and the international media. In this article we summarize the key changes in the Draft, and … Continue Reading
On 28 December 2015, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”), China’s telecoms and Internet regulator, issued the revised Classification Catalogue of Telecommunications Businesses (2015 Edition) (the “2015 Catalogue“). The long-awaited 2015 Catalogue will come into effect on 1 March 2016. A draft which included some of the main changes to the 2015 Catalogue was … Continue Reading
On 27 December 2015, China’s National People’s Congress passed the nation’s first comprehensive law on terrorism, the People’s Republic of China Counter-Terrorism Law, which took effect on 1 January 2016.
The Counter-Terrorism Law reflects some important developments that may give some comfort to observers that their voices are being heard, without by any means removing all the concerns.
In … Continue Reading
In January 2015, a number of virtual private network (“VPN”) companies located outside of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC” or “China”) that serve customers within China reported major disruptions of service. These disruptions, reportedly the result of an upgrade to China’s censorship system stemming from safety concerns, have affected many people and companies … Continue Reading
The National People’s Congress (“NPC“) of the People’s Republic of China (“China” or “PRC“) issued a draft Anti-Terrorism Law (the “Draft Law“) for public comment on 3 November 2014. As of the end of February 2015, the Draft Law had moved into its second draft but the revised draft is not yet … Continue Reading
On April 15, 2014, China’s MIIT issued long-awaited guidance on foreign-investment in value-added telecom platforms in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. A full analysis of the new provisions is available here.
Since the establishment of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (“Shanghai FTZ“), investors have been closely monitoring the liberalization policies in the telecommunications sector. Historically, given the … Continue Reading
On 26 September 2013, China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM“) released a draft of the Online Retailing Conducted on Third-Party Platforms Transaction Rules Administrative Procedures (网络零售第三方平台交易规则管理办法) (the “Draft Transaction Rules Procedures“), which aims to regulate transaction rules stipulated by third-party service platforms. The Draft Transaction Rules Procedures appear to cover new legislative ground, no doubt prompted by … Continue Reading
China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce (“SAIC“) issued a draft of the new Administrative Measures for Online Commodity Trading and Relevant Services (网络商品交易及有关服务管理办法) on 11 September 2013 (the “Draft Online Trading Procedures“), with the objective to revise and clarify the Interim Measures for the Administration of Online Commodities Trading and Relevant Services (网络商品交易及有关服务行为管理暂行办法) issued by … Continue Reading