China’s new Online Privacy Law current affairs UPSC

China’s new Online Privacy Law. China has recently passed a data protection law setting out tougher rules on how companies collect and handle their users’ information.

About the new rule:

The Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) lays out for the first time a comprehensive set of rules around data collection, processing and protection, that were previously governed by piecemeal legislation.

The law will take effect on November 1, 2021. The full text of the final version hasn’t yet been released.

Under the new rule, China targets tech giants who are collecting personal data.

Under it, China’s top legislative body, state as well as private entities handling personal information are required to reduce data collection and obtain user consent before processing it.

New law has been modelled on the basis of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. This EU law is considered as the world’s strictest online privacy protection laws.