On July 16, 2013, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China issued a new rule requiring individuals to provide their real identity information when they register for telecommunications services. The new provisions will take effect on September 1, 2013.
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On July 16, 2013, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China issued a new rule entitled Provisions on the Protection of Personal Information of Telecommunications and Internet Users. The new provisions will take effect on September 1, 2013.
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As reported in the Hunton Employment and Labor Perspectives Blog, an article by Hunton and Williams partners Terry Connor and Kevin White on the EEOC’s April 2012 Guidance recently was published in the Seton Hall University Law Review. The Guidance interprets Title VII to impose disparate impact liability on employers who use criminal background checks in the hiring process.
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On April 10, 2013, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology enacted two draft rules that include substantial provisions regarding the protection of personal information. The public comment period on the rules is open until May 15, 2013.
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On March 8, 2013, a U.S. federal appeals court issued a decision in United States v. Cotterman, holding that the federal government must have “reasonable suspicion” of criminal activity to conduct a forensic search of laptops and similar devices in the possession of individuals attempting to cross the border.
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In the past two months, Chinese authorities have moved to strengthen laws concerning the protection of personal information. A national law has been amended to protect the confidentiality of personal information contained on national identity cards, and Jiangsu Province has become the first province to implement a personal information regulation applicable across all industry sectors.
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On August 5, 2011, a court in Beijing ruled that 21 defendants had violated a Chinese law that prohibits the illegal sale of, provision of, or access to, citizens’ personal information. Notably, this case marks the first time a Chinese court has found that cell phone location information is considered “personal information.”

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