Data protection: EU vs. China

An interesting report was released a few months ago in the framework of  the EU-China Information Society project.

The report compares data protection experiences in Europe and in China and is interesting in many regards. First because a number of central themes (e.g. principles, rules, scope and definition of data protection) are looked at from the European perspective and have recommendation from both sides, thus highlighting the differenct views.

For example, in Europe, data protection is about finding a balance between protecting human rights, and in particular information and allowing the free flow of personal data between the EU Member States. In China, there is still the need to define “personal data” – there is currently no personal data protection or privacy law in China, except a draft which was said to be out from a few years ago.