USEUROPEAFRICAASIA 中文双语Français
Business
Home / Business / Macro

Lawmakers discuss changes to consumer rights law

Xinhua | Updated: 2013-04-25 11:11

BEIJING - Lawmakers on Wednesday proposed heavier penalties for commercial fraud when discussing draft amendments to the consumer rights law 20 years after it was enacted.

Attending the three-day bimonthly legislative session, members of the National People's Congress Standing Committee and experts agreed that amending the law is conducive to the protection of consumers' rights and interests and the cultivation of social integrity.

Top legislator Zhang Dejiang joined the discussion.

Many lawmakers suggested increasing the cost of law violations by imposing heavier fines for commercial fraud, including deceptive advertisements and the production and sale of shoddy goods.

The draft amendments said penalties for commercial fraud should involve fines equivalent to twice the value of goods or services, with a minimum fine set at 500 yuan, it said, adding that criminal liabilities will be pursued for those whose defective products damage consumers' health or result in death.

The draft also included stipulations on online shopping as China's e-commerce market is expanding at full speed and protection of online shoppers is highly needed.

"Online commerce is booming in China, which is especially popular among young people," said lawmaker Fu Ying, who is also a diplomat and spokeswoman of the annual parliamentary session.

However, problems of fraud and cheating in online shopping are frequent and serious, which should be targeted by the amendments, she said.

Lawmaker Yang Zhen, president of the Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, said both business owners and online platform providers should ensure security of consumers' personal information.

The draft provides clarification on the protection of personal information, as leaks have seriously affected the lives of consumers and infringed upon their legal rights.

Consumers' information should be "strictly confidential" and business owners should adopt necessary technical measures to ensure security, according to the draft.

Lawmaker Song Hongwu, deputy director of the legislature in Northwest China's Shaanxi province, proposed the law cover the problem of excessive packaging, citing high-priced mooncakes which are mainly sold for exchanging gifts but are not environmentally friendly.

Earlier reports

Chinese legislature mulls consumer rights law changes

Cooling-off period for e-shoppers proposed

China mulls online shopping legislation

China to amend consumer rights law

Product woes demand more govt supervision

Most Viewed in 24 Hours
BACK TO THE TOP
Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349
FOLLOW US