Six Tips for Complying with PIPL

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Six Tips for Complying with PIPL

The Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) passed by the People’s Republic of China on 21 August and effective November 1, 2021, is not the GDPR.[1] While it shares some familiar grammar with the General Data Protection Regulation, its underlying precept is of a much different nature.

The foundational principle of the GDPR rests on a perceived human right to privacy. PIPL, on the other hand, is premised on China’s broader ‘informatization’ policy, which Chinese President Xi Jinping has described as the modern equivalent of industrialization” (Brumfield, 2021). And, given the “socialist” nature of China’s economy, information (including personal information and its monetization) defined as an industry, is controlled by the state.

The comparison to the GDPR works in a superficial way. The language is similar and at the end of the day, people will get privacy notices, the use

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