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Ashwin Kaja is special counsel in the firm’s Beijing office and is a member of the firm’s International Trade, Public Policy, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity, and Anti-Corruption 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, anti-corruption compliance and investigations, corporate law, real estate, and the globalization of higher education. He also serves as the China and India editor for Covington’s GlobalPolicyWatch.com. Mr. Kaja is also a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/US). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kaja was an associate at another major international law firm in Beijing.

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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