China Addresses Privacy in New Law

China's new Tort Liability Law, which comes into effect on July 1, is the country's first piece of legislation to affect personal data. This includes a right to privacy in the law's list of "civil rights and interests."

Specific measures include provisions that impose liability on Internet service providers (ISPs) for online infringements. Article 36 stipulates that ISPs that become aware of tortious acts being carried out on a website but fail to take corrective measures such as removing, blocking access to or deleting the links to such infringing contents, will be jointly and severally liable with the tortfeasor.


Julius Melnitzer

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