China looks to classify online data in draft security laws

China has released draft regulations that seek to classify online data based on their importance to national security and public interest, amongst others. Data protection requirements then will be tied according to this classification. 

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on Sunday unveiled a set of laws that included a proposed data classification and security framework. It is seeking public feedback on the draft legislation through to December 13. 

The regulator said the proposed rules would better safeguard the legal rights of individuals and institutes as well as national security and public interests, reported state-owned newspaper Global Times

Under the draft regulation, data would be classified into three main categories–core, important, general–according to their impact and importance to national security, public interest, or legal rights and interests of individuals and organisations. 

Citing industry observers, the report noted that data from a military aircraft or airports would be classified as core data, while cargo transportation information at civil airports would be important data, and data on general flights would be considered general data. 

The proposed legislation, which comprised nine chapters, further detailed requirements on how data must be secured according to their classification. 

It also outlined how data collected inside

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