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China Seeks Better Cross-Border Control of Big Data Via New Plan

Ministry calls for improved cross-border security management of big data in a five-year plan put out on Tuesday. It comes as the country pushes its regulatory framework for data and tech


China is tightening regulations on tech companies' use of data and wants better cross-border control of data. Photo: Reuters.

 

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) called for improved cross-border security management of big data till 2025, in a five-year plan published on Tuesday.

The plan, which builds on China’s 14th Five-Year Plan published earlier this year, comes as the country pushes its regulatory framework for data and technology.

It re-affirms data as a “factor of production” and a “national strategic resource”.

The plan contains six key tasks, including improving the “marketisation” of data, improving computing power, and playing a leading role in developing global technology standards.

It also called for strengthening of management of cross-border data flows and more support for open source initiatives.

The scale of China’s big data industry will exceed 3 trillion yuan ($470.79 billion) by the end of 2025, MIIT estimated.

Beijing implemented two key laws this year – the Personal Information Protection Law and the Data Security Law, which govern how companies and organisations may store and move data.

 

Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard

 


 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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