China To Push Privacy, Data And Anti-Trust Crackdown
China will draft new laws on national security, technology innovation, monopolies, and education, as well as in areas involving foreigners, the national leadership said in a document published.
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The announcement signals that a crackdown on the industry with regard to privacy, data management, antitrust, and other issues will persist through the year, Yew Lun Tian reported for Reuters.
The Chinese Communist Party and the government said in a blueprint for the five years to 2025, published by the state-run Xinhua news agency, that they would also improve legislation around public health by amending the infectious disease law and the "frontier health and quarantine law."
China is working for a return to normal after the coronavirus pandemic, which emerged in its Wuhan city in late 2019.
Regulations dealing with food and medicine, natural resources, industrial safety production, urban governance, transport, would also be strictly enforced, they said.
Authorities will aim to develop laws consistent with new sectors such as the digital economy, internet finance, artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, they said, adding that they would also improve the response to emergencies.
They additionally laid out directives for the prevention and resolution of social conflicts and reiterated an order for officials to "nip conflicts in the bud." Better legislation for areas including education, race and religion and biosecurity was also on the cards, they said.