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Internet User Account Name Management Regulations

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Article 1: In order to strengthen management over Internet user account names, protect the lawful rights and interests of citizens, legal persons and other organizations, and on the basis of the “State Council Notice concerning Empowering the Cyberspace Administration of China to Be Responsible for Internet Information Content Management Work” and relevant laws and administrative regulations, these Regulations are formulated.

Internet user account names as mentioned in these Regulations, refers to the account names of bodies or individuals registered or used in blogs, microblogs, instant communication tools, forums posting bars, posting comments and other such Internet information services. Read the rest of this entry »

Information Technology Development Trends and Ideological Security

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This article was published first in Red Flag Manuscripts on 25 December 2014. 

Giving high regard to and vigorously responding to the opportunities and challenges that scientific and technological development has brought to ideological work is an important experience of our Party in grasping the initiative in ideological work. At present, quite a few problems exist in the area of grasping the initiative in ideological work through our use of the newest achievements in information technology, and we are often reduced to a passive, responsive state. When looking at the reasons for this, the most important ones are that we lack foresight about information technology development trends, we often have countermeasures that resemble mending the stable when the sheep have run, and have few precautionary measures. For instance, where supervision and management of blogs, microblogs, WeChat and other communication tools is concerned, or the control on communication of heretical and terrorist videos is concerned, we have lagged behind the pace of information technology development to a substantial degree, and we have even lagged behind Western hostile powers and terrorists using these technologies. Many countermeasures have been taken when technology is already broadly applied, and we only passively respond when this creates a certain harm to us, this not only means that the resulting harm is difficult to avoid, it also increases the costs of response and causes the work of the Party and the government to become bogged down in passivity. The use of information technology advantages and the newest development achievement to engage in infiltration against our country is a long-term strategy of Western countries with the United States in the lead. Because of this, we must strengthen our foresight, acutely perceive the influence of the newest developments in information technology on ideological work, scientifically predict the newest methods that hostile forces may adopt, and establish response measures on a basis of a scientific prediction and correct grasp of technological development trends.

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Notice concerning Approving and Issuing Journalist Credentials in News Websites

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XGCF No. (2014)122

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press, publications, radio, film and television bureaus and Internet information offices, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Press and Publications Bureau and Internet information office, the Liberation Army General Political Department Propaganda Department Press and Publications Bureau and Internet Information Office, all Central and State bodies’ ministries and commissions, all democratic parties, all controlling work units of people’s organization’s news bodies and central news websites:

In order to strengthen the construction of editorial and journalistic teams in news websites and raise the overall quality of teams, on the basis of the relevant requirements of the Centre, and according to the relevant provisions of the “State Council Notice concerning Authorizing the Cyberspace Administration of China to Be Responsible for Internet Information Content Management Work”, the Internet Information Service Management Rules”, the “Internet News Information Service Management Regulations” and the “Journalist Credential Management Rules”, it has been decided that journalist credentials will be approved and issued to news websites who have obtained a Category I Internet News Information Service Permit and conform to conditions, according to the principles of “careful implementation, phased approval, security and order, manageability and controllability”. Hereby, the relevant matters are notified as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

SAPPRFT Reiterates Provisions concerning the Management of Online Foreign Television Dramas

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A few days ago, SAPPRFT issued a Notice reiterating provisions concerning the management of online foreign television dramas, which demanded that for foreign television dramas used for dissemination on the Internet and other such information networks, a “Public Film Screening Permit” and a “Television Drama Distribution Permit” must be obtained according to the law. Foreign television dramas for which no “Public Film Screening Permit” or “Television Drama Distribution Permit” has been obtained, may not be disseminated online without exception.

The “Notice” points out that, in order to make online culture develop and flourish, at the same time as inheriting and carrying forward China’s excellent cultural traditions, [we must] vigorously absorb the world’s advanced cultural achievements, and encourage Internet audiovisual programme service websites meeting conditions to import and distribute appropriate amounts of foreign television dramas with healthy content, good production levels, which carry forward the true, the good and the beautiful, and satisfy the popular masses’ daily increasing spiritual cultural needs. Read the rest of this entry »

Guiding Opinions concerning Using Secure and Controllable Information Technology and Strengthening Cybersecurity and Informatization in the Banking Sector

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China Banking Regulatory Commission, National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology

All Banking Regulatory Bureaus, all provincial (autonomous region, municipal and plan-listed city) development and reform commissions, science and technology offices (committees, bureaus), controlling bodies for industry and information technology, all policy banks, all State-owned commercial banks, shareholding-type commercial banks, financial asset management companies, savings banks, all provincial-level rural credit cooperatives, trust companies directly subordinate to banking supervision commissions, enterprise groups’ financial companies, finance and lease companies: Read the rest of this entry »

Notice concerning Further Implementing Regulations on the Management of Online Foreign Film and Television Dramas

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All provincial, autonomous region and municipal press, publications, radio, film and television bureaus, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Radio, Film and Television Bureau

On the basis of the “Radio and Television Management Regulations” (State Council Decree No. 228), the “Internet Audiovisual Programme Service Management Regulations” (SARFT, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Decree No. 56), the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television “Notice concerning Strengthening Management over Internet Dissemination of Film and Television Dramas” (GF No. (2007)122) and other such regulations and provisions, foreign film and television dramas used for dissemination on the Internet and other such information networks shall obtain a “Public Film Screening Permit” or a “Television Drama Distribution Permit” according to the law. In order to develop online culture and let it flourish, and vigorously absorb the excellent cultural achievements of the world at the same time as inheriting and carrying forward China’s excellent cultural traditions, the following provisions on further implementing management over dissemination of foreign film and television dramas on information networks (hereafter simply named online foreign film and television dramas) are hereby notified: Read the rest of this entry »

Guiding Opinions concerning Strengthening Cybersecurity Work in the Telecommunications and Internet Sectors

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GXBB No. (2014)368

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal telecommunications management bureaus, China Telecom Group Co., China Mobile Telecom Group Co., China United Network Communications Group Co., the National Computer Network Emergency Response Coordination Centre, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Academy for Telecommunications Research, the Telecommunications Sector Professional Skills Supervision and Guidance Centre, the China Association of Communication enterprises, the Internet Society of China, all Internet domain name registration management bodies, and relevant work units: Read the rest of this entry »

Provisional Regulations for the Development and Management of Instant Messaging Tools and Public Information Services

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Article 1: In order to further promote the healthy and orderly development of instant messaging tools and public information services, protect the lawful rights and interests of citizens, legal persons and other organizations, safeguard national security and the public interest, on the basis of the “NPC Standing Committee Decision concerning Safeguarding Internet Security”, the “NPC Standing Committee Decision concerning Strengthening the Protection of Online Information”, the “Interpretation concerning Some Questions of Applicable Law When Handling Uses of Information Networks to Commit Defamation and Other Such Criminal Cases”, the “Internet Information Service Management Rules”, the “Internet News Information Service Management Regulations” and other such laws and regulations, these Regulations are formulated. Read the rest of this entry »

Rules on the Management of Information from Professional Activities of News Employees

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Notice concerning issuance of the “Rules on the Management of Information from Professional Activities of News Employees”

All provincial (regional, municipal” press and publications bureaus, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps press and publications bureaus, all Centre and State organs’ ministries and commissions, all democratic parties, all people’s organizations’ newspaper and periodical controlling departments, major central news work units:

In recent years, the phenomenon that news employees abuse information gained during their professional activities has appeared now and then. In some cases, information involving secrets has been wilfully disseminated and spread in violation of secrecy protection laws and regulations, in some cases, information obtained during professional activities has been published on online platforms without authorization, in some cases, unpublished reports of a news work unit have been handed over to other domestic and foreign media for publication, in some cases, news work unit resources have been used to seek improper gain, this disturbs the regular news dissemination order, and harms the interest of the Party and the State. In order to realistically strengthen management over information from professional activities of news employees, on the basis of the “State Secret Protection Law” and other such relevant laws and regulations, SAPPRFT has formulated the “Rules on the Management of Information from professional Activities of News Employees”, these are hereby issued, please implement them earnestly. Read the rest of this entry »

Notice concerning Strengthening the Management of Mobile Smart Terminals’ Network Access

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MIIT DG No. (2013)120

All relevant work units:

In order to safeguard users’ personal information security and lawful rights and interests, guarantee cyber and information security, and stimulate the healthy development of the sector, on the basis of the “National People’s Congress Standing Committee Decision concerning Strengthening Online Information Security” and the “Telecommunications Regulations of the People’s Republic of China”, and according to the relevant provisions of the “Telecommunications Equipment Network Access Rules”, hereby, the demands concerning strengthening the management of mobile smart terminals’ network access are clarified as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

Supplementary Notice concerning Further Perfecting the Management of Online Dramas, Microfilms and Other Such Online Audiovisual Programmes

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This is a translation of the press release on this notice published on the SAPPRFT website. In good SAPPRFT tradition, the original document has not been made public. 

EDIT: The original document was made public in March 2014.

Recently, in response to the problems of topic selection, programme content, production quality and other aspects of a number of online dramas, microfilms and other such online television programmes, the State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television has issued the “Supplementary Notice concerning Further Perfecting the Management of Online Dramas, Microfilms and Other Such Online Audiovisual Programmes”, which aims to further perfect management, create a civilized and healthy online environment, and prevent online audiovisual programmes with vulgar content and a low style, which play up violence and sex to have a harmful influence on society. Read the rest of this entry »

Supplementary Notice concerning Further Perfecting the Management of Online Dramas, Microfilms and Other Such Online Videos

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Note: this document was only made public in March 2014.

XGDF No. (2014)2

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal radio, film and television bureaus:

Since the issuance of the “Notice concerning Further Strengthening the Management of Online Dramas, Microfilms and Other Such Online Videos) (GF No. (2012)53), the implementation situation in all localities generally is good, which has had a stimulating effect on standardizing online dramas, microfilms and other such online videos. However, there are also some localities that report that some Internet audiovisual programme service work units examine and broadcast online dramas, microfilms and other such online videos themselves, there are different examination standards and measures, leading to different versions emerging of the same programme; a few programme producers do not hold production qualification for radio and television programmes, and for some programmes that require editing, it is difficult to contact the producer and have them re-edit it; there are also some programmes that have not been filed timely according to requirements. In order to further perfect management, create a civilized and healthy online environment, and prevent online audiovisual programmes with vulgar content, base styles and which play up violence and sex from having a harmful influence on society, the following Supplementary Notice concerning relevant questions is hereby issued: Read the rest of this entry »

Notice concerning the Implementation of the “Online Culture Business Work Unit Content Self-Inspection Management Rules”

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WSF No. (2013)39

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal culture offices (bureaus), the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Culture, Radio, Film and Television Bureau, the Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing administrative cultural market law enforcement teams, the Tibet Autonomous Region Cultural Market Comprehensive Law Enforcement Team:

In order to implement the State Council’s requirements concerning further transforming government functions and streamlining administration, all levels’ administrative culture departments will cancel, transfer down and simplify administrative examination and approval procedures on the basis of their real situations, management duties are to be transferred to enterprises or social organizations, and government departments are to strengthen service and supervision. On the basis of the “Provisional Internet Culture Management Regulations”, and in integration with the reality and needs of online culture construction and management, the Ministry of Culture has formulated the “Online Culture Business Work Unit Content Self-Inspection Management Rules” (hereafter simply named “Rules”), the objective is to strengthen enterprises’ autonomous management capacity and self-discipline responsibilities, and guarantee that online culture develops healthily and rapidly. They are hereby printed and issued, please implement them according to the following requirements: Read the rest of this entry »

Some Opinions concerning Stimulating Information Consumption and Expanding Internal Demand

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GF No. (2013)23

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal People’s Governments, all State Council ministries and commissions, all directly subordinate organs:

In recent years, information technology innovation on a global scale has incessantly accelerated, and new products, new services and new business models in the information area have emerged in large numbers, incessantly stimulating new consumption demands, and becoming consumption hot sports that become more dynamic every day. The scale of our country’s market is huge, and it is currently in a stage where residents’ consumption rises and informatization, industrialization, urbanization and agricultural modernization are accelerating, merging and developing, information consumption has a good development basis and huge development potential. At the same time, our country’s information consumption faces such problems as the fact that basic infrastructure support capacity remains to be upgraded, product and service innovation capacity is weak, market access thresholds are high, supplementary policies are incomplete, sectoral barriers are grave, structures and mechanisms are not adapted, etc., it is urgently necessary to adopt measures to resolve these. Accelerating and stimulating information consumption is able to effectively drive demand, foster new economic growth points, stimulate consumption upgrading, industrial transformation and an improvement in people’s livelihoods, it is an important measure that both benefits the present and benefits the long term, it stabilizes growth and adjusts structures. In order to accelerate and promote the sustained growth of information consumption, hereby, the following Opinions are put forward: Read the rest of this entry »

Explaining the “Telephone User Real Identity Information Registration Regulations”

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On 16 July 2013, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology promulgated the “Telephone User Real Identity Information Registration Regulations” (People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Decree No. 25). A journalist interviewed Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Politico-Legal Department Inspector Li Guobin, asking him to explain the “Regulations”.

Q: The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology recently promulgated the “Telephone User Real Identity Information Registration Regulations”, could I ask what the significance of publishing the “Regulations” is? Read the rest of this entry »

Telephone User Real Identity Information Registration Regulations

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This translation tracks the changes between the earlier opinion-seeking draft and this final version. Underlined sections are reformulations or additions, sections that are crossed out are sections from the opinion-seeking draft that have been deleted. 

People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Decree

No. 25

The “Telephone User Real Identity Information Registration Regulations” were deliberated and passed on 28 June 2013, at the 2nd ministerial meeting of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, are hereby promulgated, and will take effect on 1 September 2013.

16 July 2013

Minister: Miao Wei

Article 1: In order to standardize the registration activities of telephone users’ real identity information, guarantee the lawful rights and interests of telephone users and telecommunications business operators, safeguard network information security, and stimulate the healthy development of the telecommunications sector, on the basis of the “National People’s Congress Standing Committee Decision concerning Strengthening Network Information Protection” and the “Telecommunications Regulations of the People’s Republic of China, these Regulations are formulated. Read the rest of this entry »

Telecommunications and Internet Personal User Data Protection Regulations

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This translation tracks the changes between the earlier opinion-seeking draft and this final version. Underlined sections are reformulations or additions, sections that are crossed out are sections from the opinion-seeking draft that have been deleted. 

People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Decree

No. 24

The “Telecommunications and Internet Personal User Data Protection Regulations” were deliberated and passed on 28 June 2013, at the 2nd ministerial meeting of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, are hereby promulgated, and will take effect on 1 September 2013.

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Notice concerning Printing and Issuing the Provisions on the Main Duties, Internal Structuring and Personnel Allocation of the General Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television

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GBF No. (2013)76

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal People’s Governments, all State Council Ministries and Commissions, all directly subordinate organs:

The “Provisions on the Main Duties, Internal Structuring and Personnel Allocation of the General Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television” have been approved by the State Council and are hereby printed and issued.

State Council General Office

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Telecommunications and Internet User Individual Information Protection Regulations (Opinion-seeking Draft)

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Chapter I: General principles

Article 1: In order to protect the lawful rights and interests of telecommunications and Internet users, safeguard network information security, on the basis of the “National People’s Congress Standing Committee Decision concerning Strengthening Network Information Protection”, the “Telecommunications Regulations of the People’s Republic of China”, the “Internet Information Service Management Rules” and other laws and administrative regulations, these Regulations are formulated. Read the rest of this entry »

Telephone User Real Identity Information Registration Regulations (Opinion-Seeking Draft)

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Article 1: In order to standardize the registration activities of telephone users’ real identity information, guarantee the lawful rights and interests of telephone users and telecommunications business operators, safeguard network information security, and stimulate the healthy development of the telecommunications sector, on the basis of the “National People’s Congress Standing Committee Decision concerning Strengthening Network Information Protection” and the “Telecommunications Regulations of the People’s Republic of China, these Regulations are formulated. Read the rest of this entry »