China wants internet firms to inform on clients

 CBC News

China is poised to pass a law requiring telecommunications and internet companies to report any revelation of state secrets, potentially forcing businesses to collaborate with the country’s vast security apparatus that stifles political dissent.

The move to make communications companies monitor and inform on clients’ activities, reported Tuesday by state media, comes as China continues tightening controls on the internet and telecommunications services. It also follows a spat over censorship that prompted search giant Google to move its Chinese site to Hong Kong last month.

A draft law submitted to China’s top legislature for review obliges telecoms operators and Internet service providers to help police and state security departments in investigations about leaks of state secrets, the state-run China Daily newspaper said.

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