On 7 November 2016, China approved a controversial cybersecurity law. The proclaimed aim of the new law is to protect Internet users and minimize fraud. Several human rights watchdogs have notably spoken out against the law, expressing important concerns. In particular according to the critics, the new law bolsters censorship laws, prohibiting publication of contents that go against ‘national pride/honour’, putting at risk the ‘economic or social order’ or aiming to ‘reverse the socialist system’. It furthermore requires companies to monitor and report vague “network security incidents” and store certain personal information of users. According to the Guardian, foreign companies may need to hand over intellectual property and help security agencies in return for market access.
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