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In China, Data Export Rules Signal a New Era of Hands-on Governance

MIN READNov 9, 2021 | 19:33 GMT

A man looks at his phone near a building in Beijing with a giant projected image of the Chinese national flag. 

A man looks at his phone near a building in Beijing with a giant projected image of the Chinese flag. 

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China’s data export guidelines symbolize a new era of hands-on governance of the digital economy in which Beijing will pressure local and foreign companies to align with its technological supremacy and economic self-reliance goals. The country’s top internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), released a draft document on Oct. 29 titled “Measures for Data Exit Security Evaluation,” which details a new mandatory security review process for companies with users in China seeking to send information on those users abroad. The guidelines will be out for comment until Nov. 28, though few changes are expected. ...

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