On February 22, AmCham Shanghai hosted a discussion of China’s new cybersecurity law, which was passed in late 2016 and is scheduled to take effect on June 1, 2017. Nearly 200 AmCham Shanghai members and guests heard presentations from: Zhang Kai, Deputy Secretary General of the Shanghai Information Security Trade Association; Christopher Millward, President & Managing Director of the United States Information Technology Office (USITO); Ron Cai, Partner and Chief Representative of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP; and Ben Wootliff, the Managing Director of Cybersecurity and Partner at Control Risks.
The speakers provided insight into key areas of concern in the cybersecurity law for foreign businesses operating in China. Mr. Zhang provided a detailed overview of how the law was drafted, what the Chinese government’s key concerns and focuses are and what areas companies should be aware of as they develop their compliance. Mr. Millward discussed the cybersecurity law and its effects in the context of China’s broader internet regime and the direction China’s policies appear to be headed. Mr. Cai spoke about best practices and offered suggestions for how companies ensure they are in compliance with the new regulation. He also encouraged members to keep an eye on new implementation laws as they roll out over the next several months. Finally, Mr. Wootliff outlined key security and internal review mechanisms companies should have in place to both defend against and respond to cybersecurity attacks.
This was the first event in AmCham Shanghai’s policy workshop series for 2017. Be on the lookout for future workshops and other government relations events in the months ahead.