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The Tort Liability Law of the People's Republic of China has come into effect. The development is a major milestone in the country's civil law system after the promulgation of the Contract Law in 1999 and the Property Law in 2007.
The new law consolidates the general principles of tort liabilities previously scattered in various laws and regulations. It also highlights the right to privacy. For the first time, victims of human flesh search, or online character assassinations can protect themselves against abuse of their personal information. Internet service providers will be held accountable if they fail to delete abuser's posts upon the victim's notice.