China Inches Closer To Finalizing Strict Cybersecurity Law

Second reading of cybersecurity draft over, measures indicate greater censorship in store for citizens.

China’s Parliament held a second reading of its draft on cybersecurity law which once passed is likely to impose stricter censorship and less privacy online, reports Reuters. 

The draft, as per news agency Xinhua, stipulates government control over network operators and discourages movement of information outside the country by seeking security evaluation of business data provided overseas. China traditionally has favored greater internet restrictions with Chinese officials saying that sites like Google and Facebook should be blocked in the face of growing terrorism, says Reuters.

The first draft was brought out about a year ago and included measures to boost user privacy, but also gave more powers to the government to access private information as per its discretion.

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