the Digital Data Security Law of the People’s Republic of China will come into force

On September 1, the Digital Data Security Law of the People's Republic of China will come into force. This is the fundamental law that governs data sovereignty, and which plays an essential role in providing national security. The Digital Date Security Law provides for the standardization of data processing activities, the guarantee of data security, the acceleration of data development and utilization, and guides on the developmental pathway for the establishment and improvement of data security governance systems in China.


As an important component of the national economy whilst simultaneously safeguarding the privacy of our citizens, the digital transformation process of the healthtech industry currently faces significant challenges concerning data security and data management compliance requirements. "Medical health data has become a new factor of production, and which provides immense value to society," said Hong Huang, director of the Centre for Informatics at Huashan Hospital, which in turn is affiliated with Fudan University in Shanghai. Digital data, as a derivative of the credit creation industry, will have a significant societal impact. During the process of digital transformation, hospitals will need to pay special attention to data security and ownership.

Dr Huang believes that the introduction of new legislation provides much better support for the ever-evolving improvement of information systems infrastructure. The introduction of the Security Act places higher demands on data compliance in the medical industry. E-health and medical devices companies that are involved in the collection of patients’ data have a duty to be across the regulations and facilitate their implementation, as this helps to further improve the process of data protection and for relevant information systems to meet regulatory requirements, to mitigate the risks of non-compliance.