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China: Rules on Blockchain-Based Information Services Issued Requiring Authentication of Users’ Real Identities

(Feb. 12, 2019) On January 10, 2019, China’s cyberspace information regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), issued the Administrative Provisions on Blockchain Information Services, a set of rules governing blockchain-based information services. The Provisions will take effect on February 15, 2019. (Administrative Provisions on Blockchain Information Services (Jan. 10, 2019, effective Feb. 15, 2019) […]

Taiwan: New Cybersecurity Law Takes Effect

(Jan. 30, 2019) On December 5, 2018, Taiwan’s executive branch of government (Executive Yuan) decided that the Information and Communication Security Management Act (enacted by the President on June 6, 2018) would enter into force on January 1, 2019. (Xingzheng Yuan Ling [Executive Yuan Order], Yuan Tai Hu Zi No. 1070217128 (Dec. 5, 2018), 235 EXECUTIVE YUAN […]

Japan: Basic Act on Cybersecurity Amended

(Dec. 26, 2018) The Diet (Japan’s Parliament) recently passed a bill to amend the 2014 Basic Act on Cybersecurity. (Act No. 91 of 2018, KANPOU (official gazette) extra ed. No. 274, at 5 (Dec. 12, 2018), Kanpou website (in Japanese) (amending Basic Act on Cybersecurity, Act No. 104 of 2014, English version available on the Japanese […]

China: New Regulation on Police Cybersecurity Supervision and Inspection Powers Issued

(Nov. 13, 2018) On September 15, 2018, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) issued a new regulation on cybersecurity supervision and inspections by the police. (Gong’an Jiguan Hulianwang Anquan Jiandu Jiancha Guiding  [Measures of Internet Security Supervision and Inspection by the Public Security Organs] (Sept. 15, […]

China: Rules Regulating Microblogs Issued

(Feb. 23, 2018) On February 2, 2018, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) released the Provisions on Administration of Microblog Information Services (the Provisions), which will take effect on March 20, 2018. The Provisions were formulated with the goal of promoting the healthy and orderly development of microblog information services, protecting the lawful rights and […]

Netherlands: First Cybersecurity Legislation Submitted to Lower House

(Feb. 22, 2016) On January 21, 2016, the Dutch State Secretary for Security and Justice, Klaas Dijkhoff, submitted draft legislation on cybersecurity, the first of its kind, to the Dutch House of Representatives for consultation. (First Legislative Bill on Cyber Security to the House of Representatives, GOVERNMENT.NL (Jan. 21, 2016).) The legislation introduces the obligation, […]

European Union: Member States Disagree over Proposed Cybersecurity Directive

(June 12, 2015) A proposal by the European Commission, adopted in 2013, for a Directive on Network and Information Security (NIS) has recently failed to be endorsed by the Council of the European Union, due to disagreements among the Member States. (European Commission, Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council […]

Japan: Cybersecurity Basic Act Adopted

(Dec. 10, 2014) Recently the vulnerability of Japan’s cybersecurity has been a subject of concern. (Yuriy Humber & Gearoid Reidy, Yahoo Hacks Highlight Cyber Flaws Japan Rushing to Thwart, BLOOMBERG (July 8, 2014).) In order to enhance the nation’s cybersecurity, in November 2014 Japan adopted the Cybersecurity Basic Act (Act No. 104 of 2014; text […]