With companies facing a Nov. 1 deadline to comply with China’s new Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), SixFifty, the technology subsidiary of the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, is today launching a product to help organizations automate the paperwork they need to comply with the law, generating the necessary documents in both English and Chinese. 

China’s new law, just passed on Aug. 20, is similar to Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and applies to any organization that has employees in China or does business in China. Organizations must comply with the law by Nov. 1.

SixFifty’s CEO Kimball Dean Parker said that his company worked with lawyers at Wilson Sonsini and privacy experts in China to develop and automate the compliance documentation that the PIPL requires.

The product allows organizations to draft customized policies, notices, contractual clauses, and impact assessments in English and Chinese. Most organizations can complete the process in a few hours, he said.

“China’s new data privacy law will affect thousands of organizations in the United States,” Parker said. “Most of those companies won’t have the money to use a law firm to help them figure it out. We wanted to give organizations of all sizes an easy and affordable way to generate the legal paperwork they need to comply.”

SixFifty’s first product, launched in 2019, automated compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act and last year it launched one to help businesses comply with the GDPR. It has also developed products to enable businesses to create COVID-19 employment policiessafely return employees to work, achieve diversity and inclusion, and create employment policies and handbooks.

This new PIPL product asks companies a series of questions about their business and how they handle personal information from China. Based on that information, the product drafts customized policies, contractual clauses, privacy notices, and impact assessments in English and Chinese that are required by the new law.

As the law evolves, SixFifty keeps the documents up to date. Parker said he expects the PIPL to change as comments and revisions emerge before the law goes into effect.

SixFifty also provides a ticketing system that can help companies collect, catalogue, and respond to data rights requests. Under the new law, people in China have the right to request that organizations delete their data, correct their data, or provide a copy of their data.

SixFifty’s ticketing system provides organizations with a link they can publish to collect data rights requests from people in China. Organizations can then track and respond to those requests inside SixFifty’s product.

For more information about SixFifty’s new PIPL product, visit www.sixfifty.com/china.


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