Rules issued to ensure Internet safety
Updated: 2005-12-31 09:39
The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced in Beijing Thursday
that China is to carry out new Internet regulation starting from March 1, 2006
to prevent computer virus spreading, harmful junk e-mails and organized bawdry
The regulation specifies that Internet service-providers are liable to
safeguard the Internet security and the police should supervise all providers.
A series of Internet-based technologies including monitoring computer systems
and recording such information as the logon time and the browsed websites are
standardized according to the regulation.
The regulation also states that any online safeguarding technique should not
be used to infringe upon the individuals' freedom and privacy and at least two
members of the police should be at scene when inspecting suspects.
China's Internet-based safeguarding technologies is somewhat backward and are
not implemented properly, with no more than 25 percent of the existing
safeguarding methods applied by Internet users, said Wu Heping, spokesman with
the MPS, at a news briefing on a nationwide campaign of cracking down on-line
Online obscene video chats, gambling and frauds have become serious crimes in
recent years and are still rising, said Wu.
From September to November, Chinese public security authoritiesshut down 598
porn websites and wiped out 35 porn domain names, and all the discovered porn
websites in China have been closed as of today, according Wu.
More than 80 percent of the domestic computers were once infected by virus
annually in recent years and the daily junk mails flowing to domestic users
exceeds 60 million, making China agiant country of sending and receiving junk
mails, he said.
Currently, China's Internet users numbers more than 100 million,ranking the
second globally. Internet is one of the important parts of Chinese people's life
but porn online contents, junk mails and the spread of computer virus have
seriously damaged Internet users' legitimate rights.
Together with the Information Office of the State Council and the Ministry of
Information Industry, MPS launched a nationwide campaign on cracking down
Internet porn like on-line video chatting in September this year.
One MPS official said the public are encouraged to report any online activity
violating laws or code of conducts through phones or an official websites