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Chinese Cybersecurity Law a Priority This Year: Top Official

Chinese leaders have made the passage of a cybersecurity law a priority for this year, despite protests from the U.S. against the country’s growing restrictions on technology firms.

Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress, said in a work report Sunday that formulating laws for cybersecurity, antiterrorism and national security were major tasks for 2015.

The cybersecurity law — which official media had previously disclosed was in the works — is still being drafted. Details haven’t been announced.

U.S. officials protested earlier this year against two other Chinese measures, a draft antiterrorism law and new banking rules. Both would require technology suppliers to hand over sensitive information such as encryption keys or source code to Chinese regulators.

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