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Renmin Law Co-Hosts China-UK Conference on Personal Information Protection Law


   The protection of personal information is an emerging challenge for legislators. On October 21, 2020, China published a draft of the Personal Information Protection Law (hereinafter referred to as “Draft”), attracting significant public attention. In order to fully absorb foreign experience in solving the similar legal issues, the China-UK Conference on Personal Information Protection Law was held at Renmin Law School from 22nd March to 23rd March, 2021.

   The conference was sponsored by the British Embassy Beijing and co-organized by the Research Center of Civil and Commercial Jurisprudence of Renmin University of China (hereinafter referred to as “RCCCJ”) and Durham Law School. Experts from the National People's Congress Standing Committee, the Supreme People’s Court of People’s Republic of China, Cyberspace Administration of China and Beijing Internet Court as well as scholars from Renmin University of China, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Durham University, London School of Economics and Political Science, King’s College London and University of Geneva attended the seminar.

   At the opening ceremony, Professor Cheng Lei, Associate Dean of Renmin Law School, Professor Chen Lei, Chair in Chinese Law in the Durham Law School, and Mr. Alastair Arnold, Political Counselor of British Embassy Beijing delivered opening speeches on behalf of their institutions respectively.

The Opening Ceremony

   The seminar consisted of four sessions. In the first session, experts and scholars had an in-depth exchange of views on the “gatekeeper” rule, the connection between the Draft and data transactions, and the relationship between personal information protection and public law. During the second session, attendees discussed the uniformity between the Draft and the Civil Code, the scope and classification of personal information, and the supervision on illegal information collection by apps. In the last two sessions, participants shared views on the personal information processing rules followed by the organizations with social management functions, the relationship between privacy rights and personal information in China's Civil Code and the balance between the protection of business data and personal information.

   Professor Yao Hui, Director of RCCCJ, delivered closing remarks and expressed sincere gratitude to all participants and organizers.

(Editors: Liang Yujia, Yuan Xiaokun, Liu Yang)