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 to include, among other things, provisions on the protection of personal information of consumers and administrative penalties for the misuse of personal information. The newly promulgated measures, entitled Measures on Penalties for Infringing Upon the Rights and Interests of Consumers (“CRPL Penalty Measures”; Covington’s translation is available here) flesh out the CRPL by addressing a range of consumer protection issues. From a privacy perspective, the CRPL Penalty Measures (1) clarify the definition of “personal information of consumers,” (2) provide more detail on the CRPL’s requirements for the collection, use, and protection of consumer personal information, and (3) provide for significant penalties for violations. The CRPL Penalty Measures take effect on March 15, 2015, China’s Consumer Protection Day.
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