Why You Should Care About China’s Adoption of Cyber Security Law

As China decides to accept the controversial cyber security law, foreign businesses and human rights groups have expressed their concerns and disapproval. Some have even labelled the action as “vague and ambiguous”, since the provisions are subject to possible broad and subjective interpretation by local regulatory authorities. Some human rights advocates have also said the adoption of the law damages “national unity” and further curtails online freedom.

The legislation that was passed by the parliament will take effect in June, 2017. This law and measure is mainly being carried out to counteract what Beijing has referred to as increasing dangers, including terrorism and computer hacking. In addition, a parliament official has called the implementation of the law an “objective need” of China as a “major internet power”. In a close bimonthly legislative meeting, an official mentioned that China is facing great security risks, thereby indicating that the establishment of a perfect network is essential.

Vague law or well-advised decision?

Many have expressed their criticism, arguing the new law includes “contentious requirements for security reviews”. The data from possible transactions is said to be kept and stored on computer servers in China. Aside from the business sector, many rights advocates have also expressed their concern, suggesting the proposed law will only close China off to the world. This adds to the already sophisticated online censorship mechanism, known outside China as “the Great Firewall”.

The director of the Cyberspace Administration of China’s cyber security coordination bureau, Zhao Zeliang told the media that China won’t close its doors to foreign companies and businesses. He said there has been a great misunderstanding in terms of the way the news broke out. According to Zeliang, “[Phrases such as] secure and independent control, secure and reliable” are indications of trade protectionism, which are seen as beneficial to both parties.

A researcher in law and governance in China, Rogier Creemers commented that the government of China has realised the direct impact of cyberspace to not only national security, but to national and economic facets as well as the wellbeing of corporations and best small businesses.

Is cyberspace really that unsafe? How about my computer?

Generally speaking, there is always going to be some degree of risk when it comes to the internet. By risk, we mean issues of corrupt businesses, scams, bullies, and the like. The unfortunate reality is that computers can be hacked by online felons or identity thieves, which is why we’re warned to change our passwords regularly; to refrain from posting personal information on social media sites; and to keep real-time locations as confidential as possible. Like the real world, cyberspace is full of predators. However, with proper and responsible usage, the internet is an excellent human aid to progress.

When it comes to your personal computer, the only threat you need to be wary of is its system virus. It’s always wise to sign up for computer virus protection and renew it as required. Depending on the provider and the level of protection you sign up for, your computer can remain protected from online risks for a long time. While cyber security law sounds like a good solution to eliminate online threats, it can also limit user experience and a range of business transactions. While China may have its reasons for implementing the new law, there are more simplistic, less invasive ways to safeguard your computer against malicious threats.

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