MIIT tightens real-name registration
Telecommunications service providers are banned from serving customers who have unclear identities or without identity verifications, according to a guideline released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) that went into effect this week.
When communications service providers sign network contracts with their customers, they should ask the customers to show them valid identity credentials and check the identity information, the Beijing Daily reported Friday. The Internet services of those who refuse to register with real name will be shut down, said the report.
Those who apply for communications services on behalf of others will also have their identities and the identities of the people they are representing inspected.
The regulation, released in December 2016 and came into effect on Wednesday, gained wide attention and sparked discussion on Friday, the first working day in February after the Spring Festival holidays.
In 2016, the MIIT organized an additional 120 million telephone users to complete real-name registration.
Chinese police handled 93,000 cases of telecommunications fraud in the first 10 months in 2016 and confiscated stolen money and goods amounting to 2.38 billion yuan ($346 million), the Xinhua News Agency reported in December 2016.