On July 16, 2013, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) promulgated the Provisions on Protecting the Personal Information of Telecommunication and Internet Users (“Internet Provisions”). The Internet Provisions, which take effect September 1, 2013, provide specific implementation rules for telecommunication and internet information service provider’s (“TSPs” and “IISPs,” respectively) collection and use of “user’s personal information,” based on a more generally addressed national law protecting “personal electronic information” issued in December 2012 and entitled Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Strengthening Online Information Protection (see our previous client alert here).
“IISPs” is a broad category that includes all companies utilizing a mainland-based website (i.e. a website registered with or licensed by MIIT) to collect personal information (“PI”) from their customers or site visitors. “TSPs” are those entities providing access to telecommunications services, such as China Mobile.
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