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SPP Strengthens Cyberspace Governance

Tue, 30 Mar 2021
Categories: China Legal Trends

On 25 Jan., the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) held a press conference themed "giving full play to the procuratorial functions and promoting cyberspace governance" to introduce the current situation of procuratorial organs in punishing cybercrime and promoting the law-based governance of cyberspace, and to issue the Provisions on Handling Cybercrime Cases by the People’s Procuratorates (人民检察院办理网络犯罪案件规定) (hereinafter referred to as “the Provisions”) and typical cases of procuratorial organs in promoting cyberspace governance.

For the Provisions, "cybercrime" refers to crimes committed against information networks, crimes committed by making use of information networks, and other upstream and downstream crimes. The Provisions strengthens the regulation on the handling of cybercrime cases by the procuratorates in several aspects: the guidance on evidence collection and case review, the review of electronic data, procurators' appearance in court to support public prosecution, cross-region collaboration in handling cases, and transnational (cross-border) judicial collaboration.

At the same time, the SPP released 11 typical cases of promoting cyberspace governance by procuratorial organs at the press conference.

In recent years, the procuratorial organs have continuously intensified the efforts to crack down cybercrime. Since 2019, procuratorial organs have prosecuted over 50,000 cases of cybercrime and over 140,000 people in total.

Contributors: CJO Staff Contributors Team

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