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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

China's new Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) took effect yesterday, and it's likely to change the private data protection landscape in China and beyond.

The big picture: The law is part of the Chinese government's ongoing campaign to assert control over data and it's also a response to growing calls within China for stronger protection of user data.

  • The law does not restrict the government's collection or use of data but rather is targeted at companies.
  • Like the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), China's PIPL applies to some companies located beyond its own borders.

Background: In China's nearly cashless economy, many companies have required customers to share personal data like their names and phone numbers when they scan QR codes to order or pay, China-based news outlet Sixth Tone reports.

  • That practice has become unpopular among China's increasingly privacy-minded consumers. The new law greatly restricts the ability of companies to make those demands on their customers.

The law also contains several provisions relating to international companies.

  • PIPL has "an extraterritorial aspect to it," JoHannah Harrington, chief legal officer at tech firm Elements Global Services, told me. The law will apply to companies outside of China that process data related to products and services provided in China, or that "analyze or assess behavior of individuals in China."
  • In addition, "similar to GDPR, the law requires that any organization processing the data of individuals outside of China needs to establish a dedicated office or point person" within China, Harrington said.
  • Companies hoping to send the data of Chinese users overseas will have to seek permission.

The bottom line: "Companies that have a strong GDPR and data protection programs will be in a good place to ensure they can start to meet the requirements of PIPL," Harrington said.

Go deeper: Yahoo shuts down services in China

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JPMorgan CEO walks back joke about Chinese Communist Party

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon in Paris in June 2021. Photo: Michel Euler/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon walked back a recent critique of the Chinese Communist Party on Wednesday, saying he regrets joking that the bank will outlast the party in China.

Driving the news: Speaking at the Boston College Chief Executives Club Tuesday, Dimon noted that JPMorgan's Chinese operations and the CCP were both celebrating their 100th year anniversary in 2021 and said he would bet that the bank would outlive the party, according to Bloomberg.

Mar 18, 2020 - World

Timeline: The early days of China's coronavirus outbreak and cover-up

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios Photos: Stringer/Getty Images, Feature China/Barcroft Media via Getty Images, Peng/Xinhua via Getty via Getty Images

Axios has compiled a timeline of the earliest weeks of the coronavirus outbreak in China, highlighting when the cover-up started and ended — and showing how, during that time, the virus already started spreading around the world, including to the United States.

Why it matters: A study published in March indicated that if Chinese authorities had acted three weeks earlier than they did, the number of coronavirus cases could have been reduced by 95% and its geographic spread limited.

Jul 27, 2020 - Technology

Big Tech's power, in 4 numbers

Data: FactSet; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

The four Big Tech CEOs who will testify before Congress Wednesday command global empires with power and wealth that make them more like countries than companies.

By the numbers: Here are four very large stats for Facebook, Apple, Google/Alphabet and Amazon that tell the story of their value, scale and influence.

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