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China Passes Law Requiring Real Names For Internet and Phone Use

China's legislature on December 28, 2012 passed new regulations requiring that new users who sign up for Internet services, including popular social networking websites, and landline and cell phone service, register using their real names. Network service providers -- that is, wireless carriers and ISPs (Internet service providers) are charged with collecting the information from users. 

Under consideration to help enforce the new law is the idea of having users in China register with ID card numbers. 

The Chinese state news agency, Xinhua, said that the measures were passed to "enhance the protection of personal information online and safeguard public interests." Xinhua also stated that as of November, 70 percent of mobile phone users had already registered with their real names. 


Carl Franzen 1:37 PM EST, Friday December 28, 2012



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