China passes new technological anti-terrorism law
China passed a new anti-terrorism law which requires technology companies to provide information to the government obtained from their products and make information systems “secure and controllable.” The law also restricts media organizations from reporting on terrorist activity. Critics of the law, including western organizations and the US Department of State, suggest that the law may not effectively target terrorism and could restrict citizens’ freedoms of expression and association because it is so broad in nature. The law also raises issues for companies such as Apple who do not hold encryption keys on individual devices. Despite the issues, Chinese government officials said that the law is necessary to combat serious threats of terrorism and that the country needs laws to defend against cyber threats. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2016.