Tuesday, January 01, 2013

New Laws

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC) passed two laws last week.

The Seniors Rights Protection Act mandates adult children to visit their parents, besides providing cares. No specifics is spelled out though.

While the move is welcome by many as a return to traditional values, some worried it's a back step from modern society.

The NPCSC also passed a new rule to mandate real-id for online activities. Sina's Weibo, the Chinese knock off edition of Twitter, stopped overseas registration as a temporary measure before details of implementation can be ironed out. Mobile companies are also required to authenticate cell phone usage.

Not long ago, South Korean Supreme Court declared the country's real-ID law unconstitutional and an invasion of privacy. It also found the law failed to reach its goal of protecting privacy.

While Chinese government is cracking down on online criticism of the Party, international companies are weighing whether to leave China due to increasing limits on critical communications such as VPN.

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