Navigating Cross-Border Data Rules: A Practical Guide for EU SMEs

05-16-2024 4:00 PM - 05-16-2024 5:30 PM

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has recently introduced the “Regulations on Promoting and Regulating Cross-Border Data Flows”, which came into effect on 22 March 2024, replacing previous regulations from 2022. These new Regulations bring about significant changes, such as relaxed timelines, reduced documentation requirements, and exemptions for data transfer, especially concerning employee data. They also provide more flexible thresholds for standard contracts and security assessments. Additionally, free trade zones now have the authority to create their own negative lists for data transfer activities.

Despite the perceived relaxation and clarity brought by the new Regulations, it is crucial to emphasise that stringent compliance requirements persist. Factors like cybersecurity, data security, and Personal Information Protection (PIP) rules are still strictly enforced, necessitating compliance efforts like data mapping, legal documentation, and privacy policies.

To shed light on these developments, the EU SME Centre and European Union Chamber of Commerce in China are organising a workshop to explore the key provisions of the new Regulations. Industry experts will share insights on the significant business implications for EU SMEs and offer practical guidance on the steps businesses should take to adhere to the new Regulations.

Join us in Beijing or online on 16 May to understand the impact of the new Regulations on your business and learn actionable measures to ensure compliance with the evolving data landscape.

This free event will be held in English. It is open to all interested SMEs from EU Member States and countries participating in the Single Market Programme.

Agenda (Beijing Time)

15:30 – 16:00

Registration at the venue
For onsite participants in Beijing

16:00 – 16:05

Opening remarks
Liam Jia, Team Leader, EU SME Centre

16:05 – 16:25

Overview and Key Provisions of the New Regulations 
Barbara Li, Partner, Reed Smith Beijing Office

16:25 – 16:45

Overview of the Obligations and Requirements for SMEs, Changes Brought by the New Regulations
Nathaniel Rushforth, Senior Data Security & Compliance Consultant Shanghai Office, Dezan Shira & Associates

16:45 – 17:05

The Big Picture on Cross-border Data Regulation: How We Got There and Where We’re Headed
Tom Nunlist, Associate Director, Trivium China

17:05 – 17:25

Panel discussion and Q&A
Liam Jia, Team Lead, EU SME Centre

17:25 – 17:30

Closing remarks

Registration HERE

Liam Jia, Team Leader, EU SME Centre
Barbara Li, Partner, Reed Smith Beijing Office
Nathaniel Rushforth, Senior Data Security & Compliance Consultant Shanghai Office, Dezan Shira & Associates
Tom Nunlist, Associate Director, Trivium China
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