China E-Commerce Proposed Law Includes Data Security

Mark Melnicoe

A draft version of the nation's first comprehensive e-commerce law was issued by the National People's Congress (NPC) Dec. 27, 2016, and is open for public comment through Jan. 26. Domestic and foreign companies were invited to weigh in on the draft, which is 93 articles long and covers issues beyond data security, including anti-competitive practices and payment systems. The data security component of the law is of more concern than other e-commerce matters it covers, Jake Parker, chief representative of the U.S.-China Business Council in Shanghai, told Bloomberg BNA.