Chinese netizens want law to protect their personal information

November 28, 2007 - by Maggie Xu

Around 90 % Chinese Internet users (netizens) have required the enactment of a law ASAP to protect their personal information from unauthorized spread in the internet.

The widespread disclosure of personal data in the internet arose hot attention and aggressive abuse among netizens.

Nowadays, Many Chinese have begun to buy and sell stock in the bullish stock market. One stockholder, complained he received constant phone calls about stock recommendations from strangers.

New home and car owners, and even parents of newborn babies, have received unwanted calls or short text messages promoting various products.

The government began drafting a law on personal information protection in 2003 and the draft law by experts from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) was submitted to the State Council in 2005.

The draft is still under discussion, according to the State Council.

According to Zhou Hanhua, who was in charge of the draft, said the new law on personal information would make dealers of personal data liable to civil and criminal legal action.

The personal information, including phone numbers, home addresses, medical files, would be protected under the draft law.

1 Comment

  • 1. Gary Chodorow  |  January 2, 2008, 4:09 pm

    Do you have a copy of the draft law? I'd be interested to see a copy.

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