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China’s strict cyber law takes effect Thursday, alarms businesses



The strict Chinese web content law known as “The Great Firewall” doesn’t seem to be enough. The increasing number of cyberattacks targeting governments, businesses and institutions across the globe has scared Chinese officials into re-thinking the vague cybersecurity laws. Already passed in November, China’s controversial cybersecurity law will come into force on June 1.

Worried local business groups asked officials to postpone implementation, as they will be the first affected. The law has also been criticized overseas because it “threatens to shut foreign technology companies out of sectors the country deems ‘critical’, and includes contentious requirements for security reviews and data stored on servers in China,” according to Reuters.

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