Thursday, 10 November 2016

Chinese Government Implements Cybersecurity Law Designed To Spy On Citizens, Quell Dissent

from the protected-from-everything-but-their-own-government dept

The Chinese government is going in for a third pass on its “cybersecurity” law — one that has little to do with security and everything to do with control.

This is something the government has been working on for a few years now. It’s a chance for it to tame the “Wild West” internet, particularly the “West” part of it with all these ideals about free speech and the spreading of information. The third reading, with all alterations and additions appended, will likely be going into effect this week. Human Rights Watch has a long post detailing the law’s negative aspects — which is almost all of them.

Among other things, service providers will be forced to censor “prohibited content.” They’ll also be required to collect real names and other identifying user information, even if the only service provided is instant messaging.

There’s also an information-sharing plan not unlike the one the US government has set up for its cyberwar operations. The difference is that the Chinese government makes no pretense about two-way sharing. It simply demands companies turn over harvested info and other data. For the full article click here 

from cyber war desk

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