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Beijing Court Releases Report on Violation of Citizens’ Personal Information

Mon, 19 Feb 2024
Categories: China Legal Trends

In November 2023, the Beijing High People’s Court released the “White Paper on the Trial of Crimes Violating Citizens’ Personal Information by the Beijing High People’s Court (2018-2023)” (北京市高级人民法院侵犯公民个人信息犯罪审判白皮书(2018-2023), hereinafter the “White Paper”).

According to the White Paper, since 2018, the Beijing courts have concluded a total of 229 cases involving the crime of violating citizens’ personal information. Among them, 302 defendants were convicted of violating citizens’ personal information.

In 2009, China promulgated the Amendment (VII) to the PRC Criminal Law, which added Article 253(1) stipulating crimes involving the sale, illegal provision, and illegal acquisition of citizens’ personal information.

In 2015, the Amendment (IX) to the PRC Criminal Law amended this Article to the crime of violating citizens’ personal information.

In 2016, the PRC Cybersecurity Law was enacted, outlining rules for network operators regarding collecting and utilizing personal information. In 2020, the PRC Civil Code further defined personal information and the principles of handling it. In 2021, the Personal Information Protection Law was implemented, strengthing the system for protecting citizens’ personal information.



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Contributors: CJO Staff Contributors Team

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