China approves controversial cybersecurity law despite opposition from overseas businesses

By midian182
Nov 7, 2016
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  1. China already has some of the strictest online censorship policies in the world, but the country has just passed a new cybersecurity law that will see its control over the internet tighten even further.

    Authorities say the law, which is set to come into effect in June next year, has been brought in to tackle growing threats such as terrorism and hacking, as well as preventing activity aimed at “overthrowing the socialist system.”

    The regulation would mean that internet companies, including instant messaging services, will have to collect users’ real names and details. “Critical information infrastructure operators,” meanwhile, must store their data on servers located within China’s borders. They will also be subjected to regular government reviews and be required to provide “technical support” to security agencies.

    International firms have expressed concerns that the new law will mean China could force them to implement back doors or other vulnerabilities into their products. It also has implications for China’s already shaky stance on human rights.

    “Despite widespread international concern from corporations and rights advocates for more than a year, Chinese authorities pressed ahead with this restrictive law without making meaningful changes,” said Sophie Richardson, China director of Human Rights Watch, in a statement.

    The law also prohibits the posting of certain online content. Not only will users face jail for criticizing the government, but they will also be restricted from “fabricating or spreading false information to disturb economic order,” and “incit[ing] separatism or damag[ing] national unity.”

    A coalition of business groups wrote to the Chinese government last August to protest the new law. The letter stated that the requirements "would weaken technical security measures and expose systems and citizens' personal information to malicious actors," something the country’s authorities deny.

    China already blocks services such as Facebook and Twitter. Once the new law comes into effect, the country will have even greater control over what its citizens read and post online.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,509   +2,056

    Great, there's nothing like good old Chinese democracy, my way or no way. Anyway that's their problem.
  3. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,631   +432

    Except it's not just their problem...

    China approves controversial cybersecurity law despite opposition from OVERSEAS businesses

    "INTERNATIONAL FIRMS have expressed concerns that the new law will mean China COULD FORCE them to implement back doors or other vulnerabilities into THEIR PRODUCTS."
  4. Wendy Oltman

    Wendy Oltman TS Booster Posts: 128   +16

    Is China on the brink of becoming another N.Korea like state? Just wondering *nerd*
    MonsterZero likes this.
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,676   +780

    While not easy, the Chinese internet access could be isolated. We have seen far too many American businesses ruined by cheap Chinese imitations that flood the market and our Congress is too interested in their own end fighting to heavily tariff Chinese goods to the point they are dealing on a 1:1 basis in our markets.

    Sadly, much of this has developed, grown and spread during the current administration where diplomacy has taken center stage when a Teddy Roosevelt approach would have been much more effective. Too many countries see the American approach as a sign of weakness and until you offer them some clear, concise examples of American strength, it will continue. Certainly doesn't require a nuclear response, but heavy sanctions with well advertised explanations to their populations. Once a population overcomes it's fear and chooses to deal directly with their government, there is no survival for the present leadership.

    Over the past several decades we have put non-diplomats in the role of Secretary of State, leaving a vacuum of knowledge & experience. The Administration also tends to get rid of those Generals that don't support their point of view rather than consider opposing arguments. These and other actions further diminish the power and decisiveness of the Executive Branch and like any corporate CEO that surrounds himself with "yes" men, sooner or later the corporation will fail.
  6. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    You guys do realize they don't have a Democracy but instead they have Communism...right?? you guys do know that.
  7. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Guru Posts: 930   +354

    It's complicated, but...Japan ruled Korea until the end of WWII. The Soviet Union 'liberated' Korea from the north down to the 38th parallel, the USA the south. Due to the Cold War, that remained a sort of border. In 1950 North Korea attacked South Korea. The UN responded with a multinational force, about 85% from USA. The Soviet Union and China supported North Korea. The UN forces had advanced almost to the north end of the Korean peninsula which would have unified Korea and ended the war, but the Chinese attacked the UN with 'human wave' attacks pushing them back to the 38th parallel in 1953, where they are today. North and South Korea are still at war.
    China is the major trading partner of North Korea and this likely is a major factor in keeping this state in existence.
    Why 'we' ever did business with China is totally incomprehensible to me. There is an argument that by engaging in trade they would see the benefits of capitalism and move towards a Western style government, but in actuality all they did was take all they could get while keeping 100% of their government/state control intact.
    It reminds me of the old joke the Soviets had that the West would sell them the rope which they would then use to hang us.
  8. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Addict Posts: 229   +89

    The sad part is, the citizens want to take a more western approach to government so it seems but the government is literally making that impossible by imposing restrictions. This will only hurt businesses overseas and as the cyber security cold war continues you can expect to see more countries move away from US based companies I.g. Microsoft, Palo Alto, etc.
  9. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 340   +133

    We were hoping that by introducing capitalism, the communism would be beaten back. That only worked to a short degree, because the population felt no great need to change their govt.

    It also wasn't so much as "sell" them the rope, as we "leased" it to them. The U.S. National Debt owned by China is in USD, as is the rest of the trade we do with them. This means we can walk away from it. We would take a massive credit hit as a country, but we would survive. China would watch their market collapse, on the other hand. They are producing far too much, at far too cheap of prices to avoid anything short of another great depression. The rest of the world would keep buying from them, but at much lower rates than today.

    The main reason this hasn't happened is that it would still be ugly in the U.S., and walking away isn't the better option yet (and may never be).
  10. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Guru Posts: 930   +354

    FWIW there are actually two China's. The totalitarian, communist government that has pressured the rest of the world into calling them China is the People's Republic of China (PRC). This is the same government has pressured the rest of the world into calling the democratic, capitalistic China, the Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan, after the name of the island.
  11. fktech

    fktech TS Booster Posts: 118   +39

    US #1 trading partner. Most favored nation designation is trade agreement. China is a closed communist society - lest we forget the past...
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    Are you sure North Korea wasn't patterned after China?
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,509   +2,056

    Well as long as it doesn't affect me personally I couldn't care less.

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