By Susan Ning, Han Wu, Yangdi Zhao, Yuanshan Li King & Wood Mallesons’ Commercial & Regulatory group

Frequent Cybersecurity Incidents

Recently, the cyber ransomwares are rampant in the global cyberspace. Data leakage and network breakdown resulted from the viruses cause severe financial losses to network operators, and present a significant challenge in global cyberspace safety. In May, WannaCry Ransomware attacked over 150 countries, including the UK and Ukraine, and users in China were also influenced.[1] When the world is still in the shadow of WannyCry, a new ransomware, which is regarded as a variant of Petya virus, has already spread across the world. The new ransomware has attacked the UK, Ukraine, Russia, Denmark and other countries.[2]

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By Cecilia (Xianying) Lou, Mark (Guangrui) Fu King & Wood Mallesons’ Corporate & Securities group.

lou_ceciliaThis article was first published in the June 2017 edition of CSj, the journal of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries and published by Ninehills Media Ltd. It aims to give an introduction to China’s Cybersecurity Law which becomes effective this month, and assess the implications of the law for companies with a business presence in both Mainland China and Hong Kong.
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By Susan Ning, Wu Han and Zhao Yangdi King & Wood Mallesons’ Commercial & Regulatory group

宁宣凤“Big Data”, one of the hot topics in recent years, has been widely discussed. The impact of “Big Data” on competition interests both practitioners and scholars. The major concern from antitrust perspective is whether “Big Data” could facilitate monopoly, especially in the platform economy where data could be easily accessed or collected by platforms from multiple sides of the market. The purpose of this article is to review the role of data in different stages of platform development and analyze the possibility of monopoly based on the interplay between data and platforms. We will also discuss when and how authorities should intervene with the anti-competitive behaviors in the platform economy driven by “Big Data” in different scenarios. 
Continue Reading Could“Big Data”Facilitate Monopoly and How Shall We Step In?

By Susan Ning, Wu Han, Yang Nan King & Wood Mallesons’ Commercial & Regulatory group.

ning_susanThe Provisions on the Management of Internet News Services[1] (the “Provisions”) were released by the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) on 2 May 2017. Issued jointly by the State Council Information Office (“SCIO”) and the Ministry of Information Industry, the Provisions replace the previous provisions from 2005 (the “2005 Provisions”). They establish a brand-new regulatory framework and approach in response to the development of the Internet over the last decade, responding to the growth of self-media and diversified means of communication. The Provisions are expected to open up a new era of Internet news regulation in China.
Continue Reading Ushering in a New Era of Internet News Regulation

By Susan Ning, Wu Han, Chen Shengnan, Li Huihui King & Wood Mallesons’ Commercial & Regulatory group.

ning_susanOn May 2, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) successively published on its official website the Measures for Security Review of Network Products and Services (Tentative) (the “Review Measures”), the Provisions on the Administration of Internet News Information Services (the “Administrative Provisions”) and the Procedural Regulations for Administrative Law Enforcement Concerning Internet Information Content Management (the “Procedural Regulations”). Following our earlier writings about the Review Measures and the Administrative Provisions, this article focuses on the main features and content of the Procedural Regulations. 
Continue Reading Strong Basis for Regulatory Enforcement

By Wang Rui and Song Yafei  King & Wood Mallesons’ Corporate & Securities group

wangruiCyber security is at the forefront of law review throughout the world and China is no exception.  The state has released a number of regulations and policy documents on cyber security such as Cybersecurity Law (《网络安全法》), Cyberspace Security Strategy (《国家网络空间安全战略》), and