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China's new law restricts transfer of personal data abroad

Measure would open door to retaliation for Washington's targeting of TikTok and WeChat

The new bill classifies biometric characteristics, including facial information, as "sensitive" data that requires consent to collect.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China began soliciting public comment on Wednesday for draft legislation to place tight limits on the transfer of personal data outside the country and let Beijing retaliate against any "discriminatory" prohibitions by the U.S.

If passed, the Personal Information Protection Law will become China's first unified piece of national legislation on the safeguarding of personal data.

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