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China Passes Cryptography Law


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By passing a cryptography law, China is both allowing and encouraging the commercial development and use of encryption.

China has passed a cryptography statute that will become law on Jan. 1.

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China has passed a cryptography statute, which will become law on Jan. 1, that regulates how government, businesses, and private citizens may use the technology.

The law classifies three varieties of cryptography (core, common, and commercial) and designates the first two for the protection of confidential government data.

Commercial cryptography is to be used to shield non-confidential information, and can be used by citizens, legal staff, and businesses, in accordance with Chinese law.

The new law also mandates that institutions that work on cryptography must set up management systems to ensure their encryption's security, and that they cannot ask private developers to share source code or other proprietary information—but any business secrets they acquire must remain confidential.

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TechRadar (10/29/19) Anthony Spadafora
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