Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Law aims to ‘pro­tect peo­ple’s in­ter­ests’

New leg­is­la­tion set to be a hot topic among ex­perts, of­fi­cials at the an­nual in­ter­net meet­ing

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE - By CAO YIN caoyin@chi­

Cy­ber­se­cu­rity and re­lated is­sues have been hot top­ics among in­ter­net and ju­di­cial ex­perts since China’s first Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Law was adopted ear­lier this month.

The law and its re­lated top­ics, in­clud­ing how to put co­or­di­na­tion of gov­ern­ment de­part­ments into prac­tice and how to re­view prod­ucts and ser­vices be­fore they are made avail­able on the in­ter­net, will also be heated top­ics of dis­cus­sion at the World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence, ex­perts said.

Li Yux­iao, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Cy­ber­se­cu­rity As­so­ci­a­tion of China, said that he will go to Wuzhen, Zhe­jiang province, to par­tic­i­pate in the third WIC, which runs from Wed­nes­day to Fri­day, adding that one of his fo­cuses will be le­gal is­sues.

“It’s good to see that our na­tion has fi­nally drawnup and adopted its first Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Law,” Li said.

“It’s the guide when we draft some other cy­ber­se­cu­rity-re­lated rules, and I think its adop­tion has brought more con­fi­dence to in­ter­net and ju­di­cial pro­fes­sion­als,” he said. “I’d like to share the lawwith for­eign guests and lis­ten to their opin­ions at the con­fer­ence.”

The law, with 79 ar­ti­cles, was ap­proved by the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress, China’s top leg­is­la­ture, on Nov 7, and will be ef­fec­tive on June 1, 2017.

“The law­mak­ing is to main­tain State se­cu­rity and pro­tect peo­ple’s in­ter­ests,” said YangHe­qing, deputy di­rec­tor of the of­fice for eco­nomic law un­der the NPC Stand­ing Com­mit­tee’s Leg­isla­tive Af­fairs Com­mis­sion.

The law also aroused pub­lic at­ten­tion over­seas, as some for­eign­ers have a great con­cern about one ar­ti­cle — on­line prod­ucts and ser­vices that could form China’s key in­ter­net in­fra­struc­ture or af­fect State se­cu­rity must pass a gov­ern­men­tal re­view to en­ter the Chi­nese mar­ket.

In re­sponse to the con­cern, Zhao Zeliang, head of cy­ber­se­cu­rity for the Cy­berspace Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China, said: “The ar­ti­cle of the law does not mean that we’ll block for­eign web prod­ucts and ser­vices.”

Zhao de­nied the ar­ti­cle is a trade bar­rier, say­ing there is some mis­un­der­stand­ing over­seas.

Wang Sixin, a law pro­fes­sor spe­cial­iz­ing in cy­ber­se­cu­rity at the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Univer­sity of China, sug­gested guests from home and abroad at Wuzhen should dis­cuss it to re­duce mis­un­der­stand­ing.

“The re­view is a ne­ces­sity, as some prod­ucts with se­cu­rity risks may harm the in­ter­net,” Wang said. “If we can­not find them quickly, the dam­age will be more se­ri­ous.”

The re­view also tar­gets ev­ery prod­uct or ser­vice that tends to be in the mar­ket, no mat­ter where they are from, he said, adding that sim­i­lar checks are also be­ing con­ducted in theUnited States and the Euro­pean Union.

He said the con­fer­ence is a good op­por­tu­nity and plat­form to com­mu­ni­cate and reach con­sen­suses, say­ing that the more dis­cus­sion there is on the law, the bet­ter it can play a role in cy­berspace gov­er­nance.

Zuo Xiaodong, vice-pres­i­dent of the China In­for­ma­tion Se­cu­rity Re­search In­sti­tute, said the law is a mile­stone.

“It’s a progress that the law clar­i­fies the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of govern­ments, en­ter­prises and in­di­vid­u­als in cy­berspace, and mea­sures on how to deal with cy­ber emer­gen­cies,” Zuo said.


A sec­tion of the newly com­pleted Wuzhen In­ter­net In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Zhe­jiang province, which will be the venue for the World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence.


Pro­gram­mers at a skills com­pe­ti­tion in Wuhan, Hubei province. The con­test was aimed at stim­u­lat­ing the devel­op­ment of in­ter­net tech­nol­ogy.

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