The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has, for the first time, issued legislation dedicated to protecting child privacy online. The Regulation on Protection of Children’s Personal Information Online is due to take effect on 1 October 2019.
The CAC released the draft new regulation for public consultation on 30 May 2019, the eve of the International Children’s Day in China. With the formal version released less than three months later, the CAC is expediting the new regulation through its legislative process. The new regulation has made mandatory some of the data protection measures in the Security Standards and also created a range of measures designated to enhance protection of child privacy.
We have prepared a detailed bulletin setting out the key provisions of the regulation and our observations. These can be accessed in full here.
Despite the many issues to be clarified and questions to be answered, the new regulation marks the first regulatory step towards stepping up protection of children’s online privacy in China. Network operators processing personal information of children should prepare themselves for the implementation of the new regulation which will take effect in the coming month.