China Introduces law on Cryptographic Password Management


Cryptographic Password Management: China had introduced a law on the Cryptographic password management. The law came into effect on January 1. The act that has been introduced by the government aims to set standards for the applications of Cryptography and the management of passwords and there by ultimately scale down the risk of China’s cyber vulnerability on a nationwide scale. Some of the media outlets have taken the introduction of this new law as a precursor from the government’s long awaited move for introducing its own central digital currency. Despite the introduction of the new law, the government has not explicitly mentioned such as interest or goal of launching the digital currency. As the development is going on the private sector is worried about their privacy of their data and information as they have stored in their database. The initial draft of China Cryptography Law was released in 2017, and just after the draft the government introduced a total ban on the Cryptocurrencies. Nevertheless the law does not even have digital asset and it has not mentioned BTC or any other Cryptocurrencies in its proposal. Instead of focusing on the issues of Cryptocurrencies it draws attention on the cryptography: items and technologies that are used to encrypt or certify data.

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The Cryptographic password management act that has been drafted divided passwords into three separate categories. The passwords are compartmentalized according to its usage and the way it is implemented. The passwords are known as core passwords, common passwords and commercial passwords. Under the new law core and common encryption are required for systems that transmit and store confidential and secret data while the commercial encryption is meant for business and private use. The law also states that development, sale and use of these cryptographic systems should not harm the national security of the nation and also does not put the national data into the hands of the hackers and threat actors. In the past there has been incidents relating to these cases which have put top secret data into the public domain and thus in the hands of the public. Before these systems are put to work, it is mandatory and important that these systems are checked thoroughly by the governments properly which is a further layer that helps to keep these devices well protected and monitored.

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The bill was passed by the parliament of the 13th National People Congress in China on Oct 26th. There is a scare amount of information that is available on the public domain regarding the Cryptographic law says Sale Lilly, China Policy Analyst and Professor of Blockchain Technologies at the RAND Corporation. The corporation is a think tank that deals with the various research topic and matter of public importance. The organization is also a non-profit based as it does not get any extra payout which is the case for other private enterprise. According to Blockchain Technology professor, the passwords that are divided are to adhere to particular cryptographic standards. As for commercial encryption, private entities will be allowed to operate in a separate standards which will be overseen by the State Cryptographic Administration says Lilly. The rules and regulation does not say in proper language if the government will or will not hold private keys to commercial encryption tools.   There is a lack of clarity when it comes to the later third of the bill that reassures the commercial vendors that these audits will require the firms to turn over their source code. This also holds for foreign firms doing business in the China.

Source: Coin Telegraph

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