Government and Policy

China tightens control on domain name registration

By Zhao Chunzhe (
Updated: 2009-12-14 11:52

Applications for registering domain names will face strict rules as the country intensifies its effort to fight against pornographic websites, the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) has announced Friday.

Applicants for domain name registration will be required to hand in written application forms, with a business license and the applicant's ID.

Liu Zhijiang, vice director of CNNIC confirmed the news saying that the administration was determined to screen the applicant’s qualifications strictly to stop individuals obtaining domain names using fake information.

As mobile pornographic websites becomes rampant on the mainland, the announcement is part of a recent campaign to crack down the illegal application of domains. "The applications in written form other than online application can make our work done more accurate," said Liu.