Update: China’s Healthcare Privacy Laws

China is trying to make the transfer of personal healthcare data out of the country more regulated and formal. Unlike other Asian markets, tissue and blood samples cannot be sent outside of China for analysis. However, personal healthcare data can be sent overseas if certain requirements are met. The measures for security assessment for cross-border data transfers were concluded on July 7. Foreign medical companies should create a dedicated entity or choose a China representative to inform the appropriate government jurisdiction with respect to the healthcare information they accumulate. If foreign healthcare companies do not do this, they can be ostracized and penalized. This law also gives Chinese citizens more rights with Informed consent, outlines data violations, data processing conformity, etc. Restrictions on the amount of data transferred are also discussed.