Shanghai will release policies to support better use and management of data and to bolster its ambition to become a global digital hub, senior city officials said on Wednesday.
They are part of the Shanghai data policy, which went into effect this month. They will also comply with national laws on data security and the protection of personal information and privacy, which came into force in November.
Data is a key factor integrating economic development and people’s daily lives. The policies will promote the city’s economic development and digital transformation, said Vice Mayor Wu Qing.
The supporting policies include 37 lines in seven sectors, which will be released gradually in March, June and December.
Policy highlights include the assessment and classification of public data on the protection of personal information; data manager positions will be created in various offices and organizations; and low-risk cross-border data flow testing.
The trial will take place in Lingang area in Pudong New Area, covering the sectors of smart connected cars, fintech and industrial internet.
The policies will also cover the digital flow in the Yangtze River Delta region and reduce the “digital divide” to support data applications for the elderly.
Shanghai has unique advantages in data-driven economic development, said Zhang Ying, vice director of the Shanghai Economy and Information Commission.
Shanghai is home to more than 1,000 basic data companies with industrial output worth over 230 billion yuan ($ 36 billion) in 2021. It has opened 6,000 categories of public data and established an exchange of modern data and ecosystem, according to the commission.
In December, the Shanghai Data Exchange opened with a full ecosystem, spanning the data commerce, audit, legal and IT infrastructure industries.