Chinese authorities have proposed a sweeping but vaguely worded Internet security law that would strengthen protection of private information
Chinese authorities have proposed a sweeping but vaguely worded Internet security law that would strengthen protection of private information, ban hacking activities and also allow authorities to restrict Internet access to maintain public order. China’s government considers cybersecurity to be crucial to national security, and espouses the concept of Internet sovereignty, treating its portion of cyberspace as its territory.
The proposed law says Internet operators must take necessary steps to close security loopholes to prevent possible cyber attacks. It also criminalizes any hacking activity. The draft says Internet operators are obligated to protect users’ personal data. It also requires that users register their real names to receive Internet service. Yet, members of the Chinese public are worried that their right to speech may be further curtailed in the name of national security.