China plans to form ‘Network security offices’ in major internet companies

Author: Kukil Bora, International Business Times, Published on: 4 August 2015

The Chinese government plans to tighten its grip on the country’s Web users by setting up “network security offices” in major Internet companies and for websites, China’s ministry of public security announced Tuesday. The move is said to be part of the government’s attempt to crack down on illegal online behavior.

Chinese authorities have been trying to gain more control over Internet usage in the country in recent years, and have issued warnings to social media companies like Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Sina Corp. for not taking adequate measures to remove pornography, scams, rumors or politically sensitive content from their websites, Reuters reported.

“We will set up ‘network security offices’ inside important website and Internet firms, so that we can catch criminal behavior online at the earliest possible point,” Chen Zhimin, China’s deputy minister of public security, said in a statement, adding that police should play a bigger role to maintain online security and coordinate with Internet regulators…

Last month, the Chinese government published a draft cybersecurity law, which strengthened its control over data by allowing authorities to obtain records on the users’ private information that the government deemed illegal, according to Reuters…

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