Two interesting articles just out on privacy in China. One, a Seoul Times article written by US trained international attorney, Yuho Kim, Data Security, Privacy in Asia, comparing the privacy laws of Korea, China, and Japan. The other, a Forbes article, Who Will Be Watching You In Beijing? discussing how China spies on foreigners and what can be done to minimize the repercussions of that.
There are widely differing views regarding the extent of Chinese spying on foreigners, in large part because few really know.
I have always assumed this goes on to a certain extent in just about every country I visit, including China, and I try to act accordingly. I have clients (from Russia, in particular), who never reveal anything at all important over the phone and who when traveling internationally bring “second” laptops that have been scrubbed clean for the trip.
For most people none of this is really much of a concern, but I do think it wise to at least think about this and to plan accordingly, when it makes sense to do so.
What do you think?