MIIT tight­ens real-name reg­is­tra­tion

Global Times - Weekend - - NATION -

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.

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