China’s Cyber Security Law (the Law) went into effect on June 1. We have now seen the first enforcement action under the Law (news report in Chinese here). Chongqing’s Public Security Bureau (PSB) issued a warning to a local Internet data center company for failure to preserve a blog. The company was ordered to rectify that deficiency within 15 days. While this is a small violation, it marks the first enforcement action under the Law. Chongqing’s PSB has said it will strengthen monitoring and inspection efforts as to the implementation of tiered protection, real-name authentication, and infringement on personal information.
In addition, four departments have jointly initiated the “Action Plan for Personal Information Protection Improvement,” according to Xinhua News (in Chinese here). The departments’ first special action will be to examine the privacy policies of 10 notable domestic network product and service providers by an expert panel, with the results to be released to the public in September.
There are a number of other developments that companies and other organizations should note.