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Data-related legislation and its implications for a country’s competitiveness: The perspective of the People’s Republic of China
Data protection legislation could have far-reaching implications for a country’s competitiveness in today’s global digital economy, especially for the People’s Republic of China, which is extremely data rich because of its large population and the substantial number of active internet users. Chinese legislators appear to have intentionally left a viable space for the development of Big Data and new technologies and adopt two contradictory approaches towards the liberalisation of cross-border data transfer in the context of trade globalisation. This paper discusses how the two contradictory approaches reflect a lack of policy coherence in the field of cross-border data transfer that will probably lead to ‘policy failures’.
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Yihan Dai is an associate research fellow from East China University of Political Science and Law. She holds a doctoral degree in International Business Law from the University of Macau and master’s degree in International Economic Law from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She had half a year’s stay in the University of Californian, San Diego, as a visiting scholar. Her major area of study is data protection law and international trade law.
CitationDai, Yihan (2021, March 1). Data-related legislation and its implications for a country’s competitiveness: The perspective of the People’s Republic of China. In the Journal of Data Protection & Privacy, Volume 4, Issue 2.