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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 »

Notice concerning Implementing a Television Documentary Theme Announcement System

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On 7 February, SARFT issued the “Notice concerning Implementing a Television Documentary Theme Announcement System” (GF No. (2013)11) to all provincial, autonomous region and municipal radio and television bureaus, the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps radio and television bureau, the Liberation Army General Political Department Propaganda Department, CCTV, China Film Group Co., the Central New Film Group, China Education Television, and relevant Centre and State work units, the notice says that, in recent years, our country’s television documentary creation and production has become more dynamic every day, quantity and quality rise incessantly and a desirable development tendency has emerged. On the basis of the spirit of the “SARFT Notice concerning Printing and Issuing Some Opinions on Accelerating the Development of the Documentary Industry” (GF No. [201088]), in order to further let the television documentary market flourish, promote the healthy and orderly development of television documentary creation and production, assist the documentary sector to timely understand information on television documentary themes, attract social forces to participate in television documentary creation and production, avoid production clashes, waste of resources and other problems, and stimulate the formation of a desirable situation in which film documentary production and creation is rich in themes, scientific in its composition, resources are optimized, excellent products merge in large numbers and talents come to the fore, SARFT will implement a television documentary theme announcement system starting from 2013, to gather theme information concerning nationwide television documentary creation and production, Sino-foreign coproductions, imported foreign television documentaries (including source material), etc., and announce it to society. Hereby, the following matters are notified in order to do the work well. Read the rest of this entry »

Information Security Technology Guidelines for Personal Information Protection on Public and Commercial Service Information Systems

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Includes explanatory notes published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Our country’s first national personal information protection standards, the “Information Security Technology Guidelines for Personal Information Protection on Public and Commercial Service Information Systems” will be implemented from 1 February 2013. The said standard’s clearest characteristic is that, before sensitive personal information is collected and used, the clear authorization of the subject of that personal information must be obtained in advance.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Information Security Coordination Department’s vice-director Ouyang Wu said, at a teaching meeting on national standards for personal information protection, that these standards are put forward and specifically organized by the National Information Security Standardization Technology Committee, the China Software Observation Centre took the lead in formulating them jointly with many work units. The said standards are our country’s first national standards concerning personal information protection, and were published last year in November. Read the rest of this entry »

Network Publishing Service Management Regulations (Opinion-Seeking Revision Draft)

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Chapter I: General Principles

Article 1: In order to standardize network publishing services order, stimulate the healthy and orderly development of publishing service business, on the basis of the State Council’s “Publishing Management Regulations” and “Internet Service Management Rules”, and corresponding laws and regulations, these Regulations are formulated.

Article 2: These regulations apply to engaging in network publishing business within the territory of the People’s Republic of China. Read the rest of this entry »

Management Rules on Foreign Press and Publications Organs Establishing Offices Within the Territory of China

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(Opinion-seeking Draft)

Article 1: In order to standardize the establishment of foreign press and publications organs’ offices within the territory of China and their work activities, stimulate Sino-foreign press and publications exchange, on the basis of the “Publishing Management Regulations”, the “Foreign Enterprises’ Permanent Representative Organ Registration Management Regulations” and the “State Council Decision concerning Administrative Examination and Approval Matters and Administrative Permits that Need to Be Maintained”, these Rules are formulated. Read the rest of this entry »

Press and Publications Industrial Standardization Management Rules

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(Opinion-seeking Revision Draft)

Chapter I: General Principles

Article 1: In order to strengthen management over press and publications standardization work, stimulate technological innovation and development in the press and publications sector, on the basis of the “Standardization Law of the People’s Republic of China” and other relevant laws and regulations, integrating the real situation of the press and publications sector, these Rules are formulated. Read the rest of this entry »