Legal Primer: Regulation of China’s Digital Game Industry

China Regulation Watch

January 6, 2021

By: Greg Pilarowski | Lu Yue | Zhu Ziwei

1.    INTRODUCTION

         This is the fifth edition of our legal primer on the regulation of China’s digital game industry. This edition, like its predecessors, provides an overview of the relevant laws and regulations, as well as actual industry practice in the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC” or “China”).[1] In doing so we draw upon not only the written rules, but also informal comments from regulators and other industry participants, in addition to the many years of experience that our attorneys have advising clients in China’s digital game industry. Continue reading “Legal Primer: Regulation of China’s Digital Game Industry”

China’s Evolving Personal Information Protection Rules

September 28, 2020

 

By: Greg Pilarowski | Lu Yue | Zhu Ziwei

 

 1.  Introduction

       Since the issuance of the Cyber Security Law (网络安全法)[1] in November 2016, China’s legislature and various government departments have released numerous laws and regulations addressing the protection of personal information, many of which we have listed for reference in Exhibit A below. Although China’s rules are not consolidated in a single unified piece of legislation comparable to Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) or the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), the rules do look similar in some areas, such as user rights and data minimization, but look different in others, including government approval requirements for cross-border data transfers. This article provides a summary of China’s current and proposed laws and regulations that address personal information protection. We have also prepared a table in Exhibit B below, which compares China’s rules with those set forth in the GDPR and the CCPA. Continue reading “China’s Evolving Personal Information Protection Rules”

Commerce Department Issues, Then Withdraws WeChat Ban Rules; Federal Court Blocks the Ban

September 21, 2020

By: Greg Pilarowski | Ryan Lee

I.        Introduction.

          On September 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce (the “Commerce Department”) issued unpublished rules[1] (the “WeChat Rules”) identifying the transactions prohibited by the August 6, 2020 Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by WeChat[2] (the “WeChat Order”), with such rules largely banning WeChat within the United States. The WeChat Rules Continue reading “Commerce Department Issues, Then Withdraws WeChat Ban Rules; Federal Court Blocks the Ban”

China Export Controls : Did Beijing Block the TikTok Deal?

September 15, 2020

By: Greg Pilarowski | Charles Yu | Zhu Ziwei

1. Introduction

       

       On August 28, 2020, China released an updated Catalogue of Prohibited and Restricted Export Technology (中国禁止出口限制出口技术目录) (the “Export Restrictions Catalogue”).[1] The updated Export Restrictions Catalogue includes several new items, two of which might impose a requirement for ByteDance (字节跳动), owner of the popular short video- Continue reading “China Export Controls : Did Beijing Block the TikTok Deal?”

CCPA – “California’s GDPR” Finalized Just Before July 1, 2020 Enforcement Date

U.S. Tech Law Update

July 9, 2020

By: Greg Pilarowski | Alexandra Ashbrook

 I.  Introduction

       Almost a full two years after the California Consumer Protection Act (“CCPA” or the “Act”) was signed into law, California begins its enforcement of the CCPA on July 1, 2020.[1] The CCPA, which came into effect in the beginning of 2020, is one of a few robust state data privacy laws passed in the wake of Europe’s implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). Section III of this U.S. Tech Law Update provides a comparative view of the GDPR and California’s finalized CCPA. Continue reading “CCPA – “California’s GDPR” Finalized Just Before July 1, 2020 Enforcement Date”

Paycheck Protection – A Practical Guide to Small Business Loan Provisions of CARES Act

U.S. Tech Law Update

April 3, 2020

By: Greg Pilarowski | Ryan Lee

  1. Introduction

          On March 27, 2020, United States President Donald Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). The CARES Act,[1] passed to combat the devastating economic effects of the Continue reading “Paycheck Protection – A Practical Guide to Small Business Loan Provisions of CARES Act”

China Regulation Watch – Apple to Enforce Game Approval Rules in China

China Regulation Watch

February 28, 2020   

By: Greg Pilarowski | Deng Ying

     On February 24, 2020, various unofficial sources indicated that commencing on June 30, 2020, Apple will require all games published on its China App Store to comply with the existing legal requirement to have a game Continue reading “China Regulation Watch – Apple to Enforce Game Approval Rules in China”

China Regulation Watch – New Game Approval Requirements

China Regulation Watch

May 17, 2019

By: Greg Pilarowski | Lu Yue | Deng Ying

     On April 19, 2019, the National Administration of Press and Publication (国家新闻出版署) (“NAPP”), also known as the National Copyright Administration (国家版权局) (“NCA”), released new game approval application documents,including new versions of the game application forms, on its official website. In Continue reading “China Regulation Watch – New Game Approval Requirements”