The TikTok ban is now a long story. Countless press articles relate the latest twists. But here, I focus on the actual national security rules that allow the US to force the Chinese company out. I’m not taking sides, but I’d like to bring attention on how privacy concerns can now trigger national security reviews and block foreign investors deemed suspicious. This is a defensive mechanism against the weaponization of personal data in the cyberwarfare playing out.[Read more…] about TikTok Ban: How CFIUS Can Block Foreign M&As for Privacy Concerns
Governments around the world now use our personal information to pose threats over each other. The actual or potential control that a foreign country has over domestic personal data highly impact geopolitical relations, but also cross-border business flows and compliance requirements. What’s happening around Huawei, the TikTok ban or Wechat are the best known examples of the weaponization of personal data, that is unlikely to stop anytime soon.[Read more…] about The Weaponization of Personal Data: When National Security Meets Privacy (TikTok, Huawei, WeChat…)
In this post, I try to keep track of all data privacy laws in China available in English. If no full translation is available, I do my best to link to some relevant comments published by observers. I find it convenient to have all of them gathered in one place, and I hope it can be helpful to you as well.[Read more…] about All Data Protection Laws in China (2021 List)
Data Privacy in China is usually only mentioned in discussions on state surveillance, and the legitimate concerns it raises. A lesser known question is the development of obligations for companies towards consumers, i.e. consumer privacy rules. This post focuses on their evolution, culminating with China’s Cybersecurity Law and its guidelines, and their comparison with data privacy rules in the U.S. and the EU.
This post summarizes the main results of my law review article “China’s Approach on Data Privacy Law: A Third Way Between the U.S. and the EU?” to be published in the Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs, vol. 8.1. It comprehensively details the results of a research that is part of my Ph.D earned from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The present blog post only aims at “briefly” presenting the main findings in a more casual fashion.[Read more…] about Data Privacy Law in China: Comparison with the EU and U.S. Approaches