Nansha District People’s Court in Guangzhou will allow easier acceptance of electronic records from QQ, WeChat, Alipay, and other internet platforms to be used as key evidence in court, local media is reporting (in Chinese). The move makes the Nansha court the first in Guandong province to permit internet electronic records to be presented in court without notarization.

Deputy president of Nansha District People’s Court Li Sheng explained that the current regulations around electronic evidence from the internet are rather sporadic and unsystematic, adding to the difficulty of getting electronic records authenticated and notarized. This verification process is usually a costly, complicated, and time-consuming procedure. The court has proposed a regulation to make the acceptance of electronic evidence easier.

Legal disputes involving evidence of this nature are more common than ever. According to the court, commercial disputes in the first half of 2018 saw a 50% increase from the same period last year.

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Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.