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Guangzhou Sets up China’s First Collegial Panel for Data-related Disputes

Thu, 28 Oct 2021
Categories: China Legal Trends

On 26 Sept. 2021, China’s first collegial panel for data-related disputes was established in Guangzhou Internet Court, and ten typical cases concerning data-related and virtual property disputes heard by the court were published at the same time.

This collegial panel will hear the first-instance cases concerning the processing of personal data, enterprise data and public data, and data security, which are under the centralized jurisdiction of the court.

Due to the highly specialized data-related disputes, the newly established collegial panel will invite government authorities, experts, scholars, and specialized technicians to serve as people's assessors, add an inquiry session in the trial to bring into play the professional advantages of expert assessors and ask questions about the facts of the case, and improve the fact-finding mechanism of data-related disputes.

In the past three years since its establishment, Guangzhou Internet Court has accepted 624 cases involving virtual property, personal information protection, data anonymization, and other matters. The establishment of this specialized collegial panel is a new exploration in data dispute handling.



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Contributors: CJO Staff Contributors Team

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