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China privacy rules take effect

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Effective March 15, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued new rules recently about the collection, storage and use of personal information by Internet companies.

MIIT released several regulations about Internet information services in December 2011, which "cast a relatively broad net" according to the report. The regulations included prior consent requirements for collecting or sharing personal information, requirements for data storage, and sanctions for misuse that include "rectification orders, warnings and penalties ranging from RMB10,000 to RMB30,000."

According to NAID CEO Bob Johnson, “While the new regulations may not mean much to secure destruction service providers, it stands as a strong reminder that Chinese regulators are increasing their attention on personal data protection rights.”

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