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Reports say China to regulate flow of data through new agency

The Chinese government is reportedly considering creating a central agency that would regulate the flow of data within and outside of the country. A Wall Street Journal report said that a new national bureau will be created to oversee data-related issues. Information management is currently handled by multiple government bodies, including the Cyberspace Administration of China. The envisioned data regulator would have powers to investigate the use of software algorithms to manipulate data or encourage Internet addiction, according to the report. It could also identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities and rule on whether multinational companies operating within the country can export data abroad.


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