The California Privacy Protection Agency Talks Rulemaking—Are Businesses Ready for New California Data Privacy Rules?

October 4, 2021

By: Greg Pilarowski | Alexandra Ashbrook | Ziwei Zhu

  1. Introduction

On November 3, 2020, California voters passed Proposition 24 enacting the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA” or “2020 Act”).[1] The CPRA becomes effective January 1, 2023 and will be enforced by the newly created California Privacy Protection Agency and the California Attorney General starting July 1, 2023. In accordance with California privacy activists’ efforts to strengthen the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA” or “2018 Act,” with the 2020 Act the “Privacy Acts”), the 2020 Act substantively amends and expands the 2018 Act.

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China Limits Minor Online Game Time to Three Hours Per Week

 

China Regulation Watch

September 14, 2021

 

By: Greg Pilarowski | Charles Yu | Zhu Ziwei

 

1.  Backgrounds

 

         On August 30, 2021, the National Press and Publication Administration (国家新闻出版署) (“NPPA”) issued the Notice on Further Strengthening Regulation to Effectively Prevent Online Gaming Addictions Among Minors (进一步严格管理 切实防止未成年人沉迷网络游戏的通知) (the “2021 Anti-Addiction Notice”), pursuant to which the authorities reduced the permitted online game time for minors under 18 years of age from 13.5 hours per week to 3 hours per week. Continue reading “China Limits Minor Online Game Time to Three Hours Per Week”

Authenticating U.S. Documents for Use in China During COVID-19

China Regulation Watch

August 25, 2021

By: Greg Pilarowski | Zhu Ziwei

1.  Introduction

         Companies or individuals submitting U.S. issued or notarized documents to authorities in the People’s Republic of China (“China”) generally need to complete a cumbersome authentication procedure to demonstrate to authorities in China that the documents are genuine. This authentication procedure involves multiple steps, including with the U.S. issuing authorities and China’s Embassy or consulates in the U.S. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this procedure has become more difficult since many of the relevant offices are closed to the public or are operating under new constraints. This China Regulation Watch provides an overview of the authentication procedure for U.S. documents that will be submitted to authorities in China, including changes to those procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading “Authenticating U.S. Documents for Use in China During COVID-19”

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”