China Passed New Law to Tighten Internet Control

China on Monday passed a cyber security law to stop cyberattacks and help prevent acts of terrorism, while it raised concerns about the operations of foreign companies’ in the world’s second-largest economy.

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Monday passed the Cyber Security Law, which will take effect in June. The new rule requires internet operators to cooperate with investigations involving crime and national security. Companies must also give government investigators full access to their data if wrong-doing is suspected.

“The new cyber-security law tightens the authorities’ repressive grip on the internet,” said Patrick Poon, a China researcher for Amnesty International, in a statement. “It goes further than ever before in codifying abusive practices, with a near total disregard for the rights to freedom of expression and privacy.”

The new rule also requires users of Chinese to register real-name for instant messaging services, this. People are concerned that they will have less freedom in the internet.

“The already heavily censored internet in China needs more freedom, not less,” the group’s China director, Sophie Richardson, wrote in a statement. “Despite widespread international concern from corporations and rights advocates for more than a year, Chinese authorities pressed ahead with this restrictive law without making meaningful changes.”

“The new law is to protect China’s cyber security and will not damage the interests and the normal operations of foreign companies,” said Ma Minhu, director of the Information Security Laws Research Center of Xi’an Jiaotong University.

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