China calls for cyber-security spruce up

big-trouble-in-little-chinaChina’sĀ top cybersecurity body has called for increased scrutiny of local and foreign technology used in industries deemed critical to the national interest.

A strategy document, released by the Cybersecurity Administration of China (CAC), laid out the framework for a controversial cybersecurity law released in November, which foreign business groups say could block them from competing in the market.

The CAC has said that that the measures are not designed to target foreign enterprises, but to counter rising threats of terrorism and cyber-theft.After all you can get away with any atrocity if you are protecting people from terrorists, or trying to save children from seeing something they shouldn’t.

The paper said key Chinese industries must “carry out a security review” of technology to prevent providers and other groups from “implementing unfair competition” and “harming the interests” of users.

Foreign companies are worried that the wording of the new law couldĀ legalise requirements to hand over intellectual property.