01 May 2010

CN - China Passes Tighter Information Law

(New York Times)
China’s legislature has imposed tighter requirements on Web and telecommunications companies to shield the nation’s state secrets, which are often defined as including a broad array of information the authorities deem detrimental to security. The amendment to the state secrets law, set to take effect Oct. 1, obligates network operators and service providers to cooperate with the police, state security officials and prosecutors in investigating leaks of state secrets. On discovering a leak, they must promptly block it and report it to higher authorities. Regulatory or security authorities would punish those who fail to comply.