Internet Privacy Laws in China

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Internet Privacy Laws in China


As domestic economies globalize, the line has blurred from where an item is built, where it is sold and where it is serviced. It provides opportunities for individuals in many communities to expand their knowledge and learn about other cultures. Outsourcing has flourished in China and it has enabled its citizens to hone their skills by broadening their education to learn new trades and has created new wealth in a rather lifeless economy. The internet and email has been the main force, for it provides people from all over the world the ability to communicate and learn about each other. The Internet is expanding people’s minds; it facilitates media reform, and to a certain degree may provide legal reform.

With this powerful information comes means for people to understand different viewpoints and ideas. These ideas and arguments may sway them to alter their opinions and thoughts. In Communist China, these ideas and opinions cannot be publicized. The Chinese constitution states that its citizens have limited rights to privacy:

Freedom and privacy of correspondence of citizens of the People’s Republic of China are protected by law. No organization or individual may, on any ground, infringe on citizens’ freedom of privacy of correspondence, except in cases where to meet the needs of state security or of criminal investigation, public security or prosecutorial organs are permitted to censor correspondence in accordance with procedures prescribed by law (Article 40).

The “need of state security or of criminal investigation” is very broad to the point where the government blocks most western internet newspaper and general news sites. There is no general data protection legislation...

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1.Sarah Andrews. Country Reports: An International Survey of Privacy Laws and Development. Electronic Privacy Information Center. Washington, DC, US. 146-158. 2002

2.Omar Saleem. Establishment of a U.S. Federal Data Protection Agency to Define and Regulate Internet Privacy and its Impact in U.S.-China Relations: Marco Polo Where Are You? The John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law. The John Marshall Law School. Fall 2000 [2]





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