China Toughens Its Restrictions on Use of the Internet

The Chinese government issued new rules on Friday requiring Internet users to provide their real names to service providers, while assigning Internet companies greater responsibility for deleting forbidden postings and reporting them to the authorities.The decision came as government censors have sharply stepped up restrictions on China’s international Internet traffic in recent weeks. The restrictions are making it harder for businesses to protect commercial secrets and for individuals to view overseas Web sites that the Chinese Communist Party deems politically sensitive.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/29/world/asia/china-toughens-restrictions-on-internet-use.htmlAlso see:China Tightens Rules for Internet Users
China enacted new rules on Friday that beef up disclosure requirements for Internet users, in Beijing’s latest move to get a tighter grip on its voluble and increasingly restive online community.Senior members of the National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp parliament, approved the rules Friday as part of an effort to strengthen personal privacy laws, the state-run Xinhua news agency said. The rules, unveiled Monday, received a slew of positive coverage in state-run media and were widely expected to be enacted.
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