Intermediary Liability of Website Operators in Privacy Cases in China


The internet industry in China has made great advances in recent years. In fact, China now has the greatest number of internet users in the world.1 Privacy is one of the biggest concerns with this development since the dissemination of information has become easier and more uncontrollable.2 I intend to introduce the legal framework of privacy protection in China and outline the existing rules for intermediary liability of website operators, especially the Tort Liability Law of 2010. By discussing three important privacy cases, I try to summarize the courts’ opinions on the liability of website operators and address key unresolved questions in the existing law.