China passed a key data protection law on Friday, setting out stricter rules on how companies gather their users’ information, according to a report by CNBC on Friday.
The regulations add to China’s tightening of regulation, more so around data, which could impact China’s technology giants.
The Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) sets out for the first time a comprehensive set of rules relating to data collection, processing, and protection.
Past legal drafts stated that data collectors must obtain user consent to collect data, and users can withdraw that consent at any time.
The companies that process data cannot refuse to offer services to the users who do not agree to have their data collected.
The PIPL comes as Beijing ramps up tech scrutiny. China has been growing concerned about the amount of data companies are gathering and the potential implications.