Sunday, September 30, 2012

Changsha Police Require Hardware to Be Installed by Hotels, Restaurants to Record Patron's Internet Usage

On July 14, 2012, the Changsha Morning Post published an article entitled "Internet Users at Hotels Will Have a 'Recorder'" (宾馆酒店上网将有“记录者”). An excerpt:
Yesterday, the Changsha Public Security Office held a conference entitled "City-Wide Internet Information Security Work Drive," during which they confirmed the security technical protection measures for hotels, restaurants, and other venues that provided non-commercial Internet access services to floating populations, and explicitly required these venues to install Internet security management and monitoring systems. Based on our understanding, the cost of installing these systems will be borne by the non-commercial Internet service venues, and those who fail to put the systems in place can be fined up to 15,000 yuan.
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According to Tang Xinguo, Section Chief of the Network Administration Institute of Changsha Public Security Office's Internet Monitoring Bureau, it is not necessary to produce identification when going online at non-commercial Internet service venues such as hotels, lounges, and restaurants, and this represents a significant monitoring loophole, and many Internet users at these venues go online doing whatever they want and spread certain harmful information. Based on the  Provisions on Internet Administration public security agencies have brought these within the categorgy of managment. "The monitoring system is a piece of hardware, it is the equivalent of a recording device, and if an Internet user spreads harmful information we are able to use this monitoring system to inspect and control it."
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