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China Takes Next Step in Taming Big Tech With Personal Data Law

Aug. 20, 2021, 2:01 AM

China has passed legislation setting out tougher rules for how companies handle user data, a move pushing forward its campaign to curb big tech’s influence.

The legislature of the Asian nation approved the Personal Information Protection Law, the China Central Television said in a report on Friday morning.

Details of the new legislation were not immediately released but earlier drafts required firms to get user consent to collect, use and share information, and to provide a way for them to opt out. Companies found breaking the rules could face fines of up to 50 million yuan ($7.7 million) or 5% ...