I'm struggling to understand the current Chinese law on bringing encrypted devices into China.
Would it be illegal for someone to bring their work laptop encrypted with BitLocker into China to work abroad? Assume that they refuse to decrypt / turn off BitLocker temporarily to satisfy any requests.
There are articles such as: https://www.thetravelblogs.com/encrypted-laptop-travel-restrictions/ that mention the "Wassenaar Arrangement", but I don't understand if the new law, cited below, is affected by this. Supposedly China doesn't "subscribe" to the "Wassenaar Arrangement", and so maybe an import license is required? But, I'm thinking it's old news (see older news from 2017 at end of this post).
- China enacted Encryption Law on 10/26/2019, which took effect on 1/1/2020: https://www.cov.com/-/media/files/corporate/publications/2019/10/china_enacts_encryption_law.pdf
- A write-up from a secure drive company on above bullet-point, but it didn't clear it up for me: https://www.securedrive.com/blog/china-passes-regulations-on-data-encryption
- a PDF of https://www.chinalawtranslate.com/en/cryptography-law/ (PDF created since this required a login for me to read): https://docdro.id/dcafIlX
Some older news on this: