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China's new data law casts wider net, from Teslas to robots

Measure grants Beijing control over troves of information

Tesla has been suspected by Chinese authorities of cross-border transfers of data collected by its electric vehicles.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China has passed a new law that strengthens oversight of data collection within its borders, broadening authorities' reach to include electric vehicles and factories in a move with repercussions for global enterprises.

The Data Security Law is China's first comprehensive legislation governing the handling of digital data. The National People's Congress standing committee approved the act on Thursday, with the law to take effect Sept. 1.

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