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China’s new counter-terrorism laws force all tech companies to decrypt information

December 28, 2015 - Uncategorized

China has adopted counter-terrorism laws that give it a wide range of new powers, including obligations on technology companies to provide assistance when requested. According to Reuters, the new laws were passed into effect on Sunday, having dropped a provision that would require all companies to install a ‘backdoor’ in their products. Instead, they’re now required to “provide technical support and assistance including decryption,” according to Chinese security officials. Technology only forms a part of the measures, which also include the establishment of a new counter-terrorism center and the ability to use weapons against armed attackers. There’s also a new provision preventing any…

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