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Why is Data Protection Law Important for China? In the Case of Social Credits System

  • U.S.-Asia Law Institute 139 MacDougal Street, Room 512 New York United States (map)

Why is Data Protection Law Important for China? In the Case of Social Credits System


About the Presentation

The whole western world is mis-targeting and mis-understanding the social credits system as an ambitious project of surveillance. In fact, it is just a good anticipation of the Chinese government for a better society as the western ones full of good regulation, market and morality. However, the social credits system still needs complete data protection law, because this project, through collecting, using and concentrating huge amount of personal data, will change the meaning and position of person in the law, and influent everyone’s fulfillment of fundamental rights. 

About the Speaker

Dr. Sun Ping is an Associate Research Professor at the Center for Rule of Law in China, East China University of Political Science and Law. Dr. Sun graduated from Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2009, where he received a Ph.D. in constitutional law. Dr. Sun’s research focuses on constitutional law, comparative law, fundamental rights, human dignity, right to personality, right to privacy and data protection, and freedom of expression. His current research centered mainly on defamation law and freedom of speech, the social credits system and data protection, human dignity and person in the constitutional law. As a grantee of U.S.-China Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2018-2019, he will conduct a research on how China should learn from the involvement of the First Amendment with a comparative theory on defamation law.