Ashwin Kaja is an associate in the firm’s Beijing office and is a member of the firm’s International Trade, Public Policy & Government Affairs, and Data Privacy & Cybersecurity practice groups. He has advised multinational companies, governments, and other clients on a range of matters related to international trade, public policy and government affairs, data privacy, foreign investment corporate law, real estate, and the globalization of higher education. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kaja was an associate at another major international law firm in Beijing.
Beyond his legal practice, Mr. Kaja is an active member of his community. He has taught at and is involved in building international collaborations between universities around the world and is actively engaged in social entrepreneurship.
Mr. Kaja is originally from New York. He speaks fluent Mandarin and Spanish, and is conversational in Telugu.
China has set out on an ambitious agenda of aiming to become the world leader in artificial intelligence by 2030. Policy experiments for a critical part of China’s AI development strategy, and to that end multiple government think tanks have set out formulating standards that may impact AI innovation in China. The China Electronics Standardization … Continue Reading
Artificial intelligence promises to be a paradigm shift for many applications from manufacturing to finance, and from defense to education. Given the vast potential, focus on AI has sharpened around the world, including in China. Decision makers in Beijing and around the country are paying attention and have begun shaping a legal and policy regime … Continue Reading
China’s top internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”), continues to show interest in setting more stringent rules governing the protection of minors in the context of online activities and data privacy. Immediately prior to the October holiday, CAC released for public comment new draft regulations aimed at protecting minors on the Internet, the … Continue Reading
China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) has released for public comment a draft regulation implementing recent amendments to a consumer protection law that would, among other things, supplement existing privacy obligations for businesses operating in China. The “Regulations on the Implementation of the Law on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of … Continue Reading
The Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) has issued new rules regulating apps for smartphone/mobile devices, the Rules on the Management of Mobile App Information Services (“App Rules,” available here, preceded by a Q&A section, all in Chinese), that will come into effect on August 1, 2016. The App Rules are aimed primarily at regulating the rapidly … Continue Reading
This month, China’s National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee (“NISSTC”) organized a meeting to launch a working group tasked with drafting a Personal Information Security Standard (“PIS Standard”). NISSTC is a government committee jointly supervised by the Standardization Administration of China and the Cyberspace Administration of China. In addition to the government agencies, several Chinese … Continue Reading
On December 27, 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislative body, enacted a Counter-Terrorism Law (see the Chinese version here, and an unofficial English translation here), which took effect on January 1, 2016. The adoption of this law, a year after the first draft was released for public comment, … Continue Reading
On August 29, 2015, China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress, amended the Criminal Law, effective November 1, 2015. Among other things, the amendments modify and add several provisions related to data privacy and cybersecurity. We discuss some of these key amendments below.… Continue Reading
On July 6, 2015, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) released a draft of the Network Security Law (“Draft Law,” referred to in some press articles as the draft Cybersecurity Law) for public comment. Comments can be submitted through the NPC website or by mail before August 5, 2015. The release of the Draft Law follows … Continue Reading
China’s principal internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”), announced this week that China will move forward new legislation to combat the improper collection, use, and sale of personal information. The new legislation, announced during an interview of a senior CAC official by state-owned Xinhua News, is reportedly being drafted by CAC, the Ministry … Continue Reading
New consumer protection provisions that clarify how companies may collect, use, and protect personal information of consumers will come into effect in China on March 15, 2015. On January 5, 2015, China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) issued measures to implement China’s Consumer Rights Protection Law (“CRPL”), which was amended effective March 2014 … Continue Reading