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Oct. 2013 to Jan. 2014 China Bulletin

Amendments to the Consumer Protection Law will come into effect on March 15, 2014. They will have a significant impact on both online and physical retailers through articles shifting the burden to the seller to prove products are without defect, introducing punitive damages and damages for mental suffering, dramatically increasing administrative fines, and introducing a kind of class action. They also include substantial privacy provisions, giving consumers the right to protection of their personal information when buying and using goods or services, and setting out a list of data protection obligations that businesses collecting or using personal information must meet, whether the information is collected online or otherwise. Continue reading