BSA & Galexia Global Coud Computing Scorecard (2016) - Galexia Analytics Release

2016 Rank 23. China - Score: 47.89 | Change from 2013 Score: -3.58 - Rank: -4

Information technology (IT) innovation and development in China have been hindered by poor enforcement of intellectual property rights and the continued promotion of indigenous development policies that discriminate against foreign technology companies.

Indeed, in 2015, China’s ranking is 23rd, down from 19th in the 2013 Scorecard.

China still has major gaps in areas like privacy law and cybercrime law, but its poorest results are in relation to promoting free trade.

This year’s report notes that China imposes a range of onerous local certification and accreditation requirements that are in addition to (and often inconsistent with) international cybersecurity standards and general IT standards. The Chinese government regularly publishes lists of approved products for cybersecurity, including encryption products, anti-virus software and even basic operating systems. These lists exclude some organizations and products that have met international standards. China also imposes local testing requirements for telecommunications and IT products that include cybersecurity products.

Extensive regulation of Internet content, including mandatory Internet filtering and censorship, remains a key issue in China.

China’s poor results in relation to laws and regulation were partly offset by strong progress in IT infrastructure.

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