On 9 May 2017, the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate of China issued rules that offer a clarification of the scope of criminal sanctions for breaches involving personal information in the form of Interpretations on Several Issues concerning the Application of Law in the Handling of Criminal Cases Involving Infringement of Citizens’ Personal Information (“Interpretations”). The Interpretations shed light on the scope of the offence of “infringement of citizens’ personal information” provided by Article 253 of the PRC Criminal Law. The Interpretations will come into force on 1 June 2017, the same date as the effective date of the PRC Cybersecurity Law (CSL) which was released on 7 November last year.

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