Our Website Uses Cookies 


We and the third parties that provide content, functionality, or business services on our website may use cookies to collect information about your browsing activities in order to provide you with more relevant content and promotional materials, on and off the website, and help us understand your interests and improve the website.


For more information, please contact us or consult our Privacy Notice.

Your binder contains too many pages, the maximum is 40.

We are unable to add this page to your binder, please try again later.

This page has been added to your binder.

China Releases Draft Encryption Law for Public Comment

May 9, 2017, Covington Alert

On April 13, 2017, China’s State Cryptography Administration (“SCA”) published a draft Encryption Law (“the draft Law”) for public comment.

After several years of drafting, the draft Law, if enacted as drafted, would be the first Chinese statute to systematically address encryption, covering “the research, production, management, import and export, testing, authentication, use, and regulation of encryption.” China has long regulated the import, export, sale, use, and scientific research of “commercial” encryption. The draft Law, however, provides rules for three categories of encryption—“ordinary” encryption, “core” encryption, and “commercial” encryption—with a view to establishing a uniform regulatory framework that would govern all types of encryption and providing SCA with greater enforcement authority.

Share this article: