On November 7, 2016, China’s National People’s Congress promulgateda new Cybersecurity Law. The law will come into force on 1 june 2017.
The Law applies to the operations, construction, maintenance and use of information networks in China, as well as administration and supervision of the network security. Any company that operates a WFOE in China are now required to censor any information that is seemed as critical or banned and are demanded real name registration for any user of services like instant messages.The new law also requires that all personal information for Chinese citizens and any important business must be stored on storage devices inside Mainland China. However, any data that is transmitted outside of China by any entity must first be reviewed and approved. The new cybersecurity law also states that no individual will be allowed to use the internet to endanger national security, spread false information that can have consequences on the economic order, maintain public interest, etc.