Someday, China May Look Back at the Edison Chen Scandal and Thank the Man for its Privacy Laws

Beijing-based lawyer Yu Guofu points out, besides the negative influence of the resigned Hong Kong star, Edison Chen’s sex photos scandal, the event in fact suggests that, “there is no privacy protection law in China so far.” From Shanghaiist:

China currently has no privacy laws, but that may change, if lawyer Yu Guofu from the Beijing-based Internet Society of China has his way. In an interview with the China Youth Daily 《中国青年报》, Yu made the following comments:

There is no privacy protection law in China so far, nor is there a single item in any laws and regulations that covers privacy protection… The only mention of privacy is in a judicial explanation by the Supreme Court of China that focused on the protection of the right of reputation… Moreover, there had been scarcely any research on the right of privacy for a long time in China…

Yu advocates drafting China’s first law on privacy protection “as soon as possible” because a strong privacy law could have “prevented the circulation of pornographic photos of leading Hong Kong celebrities having sex with each other”. Look, we are all for the enactment of a privacy law but to say that such a law would have prevented the circulation of those pics is to stretch the truth a bit. Clearly, this guy knows nothing about the nature of the Internet, or the nature of porn, or both. Besides, Bill Gates said so.

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