China’s New Data Security Law: What to Know

Source: Latham & Watkins

On June 10, 2021, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress passed the Data Security Law (DSL), which will take effect on September 1, 2021. The primary purpose of the DSL is to regulate “data activities” (as defined below), safeguard data security, promote data development and usage, protect individuals and entities’ legitimate rights and interests, and safeguard state sovereignty, state security, and development interests. The DSL, together with the Network Security Law and the proposed Personal Information Protection Law, will form an increasingly comprehensive legal framework for information and data security in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).