China Tightens Restrictions On Internet Usage

By Prarthito Maity email: | Dec 29, 2012 11:23 AM EST

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It seems like using internet is China is getting tougher with every day passing. Per reports, the Chinese government has issued new rules that will now require internet users to provide their real names to service providers.

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The new rule will now assign Internet companies much greater responsibility of deleting banned postings and reporting them to the authorities. This new decision by the Chinese government is in accordance to the government censorships that have sharply increased restrictions on China’s international Internet traffic in recent weeks.

As reported by The New York Times, the newly applied restrictions are now making it harder for the country’s businesses to protect important commercial secrets and even for individuals to view overseas Web sites that the Chinese Communist Party believes are politically sensitive.

“The new regulations, issued by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, allow Internet users to continue to adopt pseudonyms for their online postings, but only if they first provide their real names to service providers, a measure that could chill some of the vibrant discourse on the country’s Twitter-like microblogs,” the NYTimes reported.

“The authorities periodically detain and even jail Internet users for politically sensitive comments, such as calls for a multiparty democracy or accusations of impropriety by local officials.”

The new regulations that were announced on Friday are based on a series of similar administrative strategies and municipal rules issued over the past year. China’s mostly private Internet service providers have been slow to agree with them due to the fear of the reactions of their customers.

However, the committee’s decision has a much larger legal force as it puts massive pressure on Chinese Internet providers to comply more quickly and expansively, Internet specialists stated.

“Nowadays on the Internet there are very serious problems with citizens’ personal electronic information being recklessly collected, used without approval, illegally disclosed, and even traded and sold,” Li Fei, a deputy director of the committee’s legislative affairs panel, said at a news conference in Beijing. “There are also a large number of cases of invasive attacks on information systems to steal personal electronic information, as well as lawbreaking on the Internet through swindles and through defaming and slandering others.”

Li denied that the government, with the imposition of the new rules, was looking to avoid the exposure of corruption to the world.

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