For­eign In­ter­net firms told to obey laws

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

For­eign web­sites must abide by Chi­nese laws and its In­ter­net man­age­ment poli­cies if they want to op­er­ate in the coun­try, a top of­fi­cial said.

Wen Ku, direc­tor of the tele­com depart­ment at the Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, said the rapid devel­op­ment of the In­ter­net is forc­ing China to come up with new mea­sures to main­tain cy­ber­se­cu­rity and steady growth.

“The coun­try needs new meth­ods to tackle new prob­lems ... the devel­op­ment of the In­ter­net has to be in ac­cor­dance with Chi­nese laws,” he said at a news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing.

The In­ter­net sec­tor in China is the big­gest in the world with about 650 mil­lion users.

Wen’s com­ments fol­low re­ports that China re­cently blocked ac­cess to sev­eral vir­tual pri­vate net­works, a ser­vice that al­lows users to ac­cess web­sites that are cur­rently un­avail­able on the Chi­nese main­land.

Three VPN providers — Astrill, StrongVPN and Golden Frog —claimed last week that their ser­vices had been dis­rupted and were un­avail­able for users on the Chi­nese main­land.

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