BEIJING (Reuters) – China is poised to enshrine individuals’ rights to privacy and personal data for the first time, a symbolic first step as more of the country of 1.4 billion people becomes digitised – and more vulnerable to leaks and hacks.
FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk inside a subway station near a Chinese national flag, on the day of the opening session of the National People’s Congress (NPC), in Beijing, China May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo
The legislation is part of China’s first civil code, a sweeping package of laws that is being deliberated during the annual meeting of parliament, which began on Friday after a delay of more than two months due to the coronavirus.
According to a recent draft, an individual has a right to privacy and to have their personal information protected.