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

December 28, 2015

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.

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