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Friday, September 3, 2021


Tsai Center Translation Examines Cross-Border Data Access for Law Enforcement

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Debates around global data flows and government access to data have moved to the center of geopolitical and legal conflict. Complex interactions among various countries’ legal frameworks for data governance are having profound implications for personal privacy, cybersecurity, global trade, and economic and technological competitiveness. The Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School has expanded its work in this area through research, multilateral and bilateral dialogues, and various projects at the nexus of data governance and U.S.-China relations.

As an outgrowth of this work, the Center is pleased to publish a new essay by Professor Hong Yanqing entitled “Game of Laws”: Cross-Border Data Access for Law Enforcement Purposes — Models in the United States, Europe, and China.”

Game of LawsThe essay, originally published in Chinese in the Global Law Review (环球法律评论), provides a timely and important contribution to the understanding of the interaction among regional approaches to cross-border data access and the perspectives of policymakers and stakeholders in different jurisdictions.

A professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology School of Law, Hong Yanqing is a leading scholar on China’s data protection regulatory framework and global data governance. His work has been influential in shaping China’s emerging data governance regime amid ongoing discussions of data ownership and privacy taking place in China. His essay offers a unique lens on China’s evolving reforms and an important perspective for understanding the trajectory of China’s policies and practices in this dynamic area.

Read the full paper.

Founded by Professor Paul Gewirtz in 1999 as the China Law Center, the Paul Tsai China Center is the primary home for activities related to China at Yale Law School. The Center is a unique institution dedicated to helping advance China’s legal refrms, improving U.S.-China relations, and increasing understanding of China in the United States.