China passed its first law on cybersecurity during the 24th session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress held its 24th session on 7 November. With 154 votes for and 1 votes abstained, the law will be effective from 1 June 2017.
The new rules would ban all electronic messages published by and application softwares provided by individuals or organisations from setting up malicious codes or publishing messages that are illegal under the legal or administrative statutes.
If network services providers (NSP) were found to have violated related legal or administrative statutes, or collecting or utilising the messages in violation to the terms agreed upon by the sender and the receiver, the authorities may require the NSP to delete such messages. The authorities may also request the NSP to delete any factually incorrect messages stored or collected, while the NSP must make its efforts to delete or correct such messages.
For messages that are originated in foreign countries, the Chinese authorities would prevent the transmission of such messages through various technical means or other means necessary.
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