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Beijing Internet Court urges judicial protection of personal information in internet era

english.bjinternetcourt.gov.cn | Updated: 2020-11-19


The research center for internet judicial governance, built by the Beijing Internet Court and Beijing Normal University, held a seminar on judicial practices and frontier issues in personal information protection in the context of digital economy on Nov 7. 

The seminar focused on how to improve judicial protection of personal information, generate rules from judgments, then improve governance with the rules and promote development with better governance, according to the Beijing Internet Court.

Beginning this year, the Beijing Internet Court has heard a group of cases on internet-related personal information protection, attracting much of attention. The frontier issues and rules involving in such cases will provide practical experience for application of the Civil Code, which will take effect on Jan 1, 2012 and for development of draft laws of personal information protection. It provided specific discussion points on formulating regulations of personal information protection in cyberspace and judgment rules of internet-related cases, which also became hot topics of the seminar.

Zhang Wen, president of the Beijing Internet Court, said in her opening remarks that data is the most active production factor of the digital economy age with innovation at its the core.

Economic digitization can not only create new industries but can also change traditional ones and accelerate the reconstruction of an economic operation model, said Zhang. Therefore, only by accurately defining digital property and regulating relevant processes in data protection, transfer and transaction can the data energize social economy, said Zhang.

She called for attendees to express opinions on judicial frontier issues and form more integrated ideas on practical difficulties and key theoretical controversies to contribute to citizens' personal information protection in the digital economy era.

She Guiqing, vice-president of the court, elaborated on the significance of legislation for protecting personal information and the judicial response of the Beijing Internet Court. 

Sun Mingxi, director of the court's Trial Management Office, briefed personal information cases heard by the court and interpreted the judges' judicial consideration and rules exploration in hearing such cases.