Breaking News

Asia Today ISSN 1861-4604 Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Headline

Thousands held in China over misuse of information

misuse of personal information

Share on Facebook December 26, 2017, Reporter : BNN, Reader : 398

news

BEIJING, China - Chinese officials revealed that as many as 11,000 people had been held in the country over misuse of citizens’ personal information.

The report was based on investigations carried out between August and October to assess the Cybersecurity Law that took effect on June 1.

The law was introduced to protect online information introduced five years ago.

Citing alleged misuse of citizens’ personal information, the Chinese police have reportedly detained over 11,000 suspects during the past two years. 

Wang Shengjun, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), has called the task of protecting Internet users’ personal information “grim.”

He was quoted as saying in the state-run Xinhua news agency as saying, “Illegal industrial chains have taken shape in some places, which involve illegal collection, theft, sale and use of Internet users’ personal information.”

According to the report, some Internet companies and public service agencies have stored large amounts of personal information, however, security protection lags behind in a major way, making them easy targets.

Wang noted, “Serious leaks of personal information have led to an increase in fraud targeting victims with high precision.”

So far, during the past two years, over 11,000 suspects in over 3,700 cases have been detained for alleged misuse of citizens’ personal information.

The Cybersecurity Law includes an identity management policy requiring users to use their real names to identify themselves to service providers, including Internet or telecommunications operators.

Telecommunications operators have, over the past five years, suspended services to more than 10 million users who refused to register their real names.

In the report, Wang was quoted as proposing speeding up work on a new law, standardizing the scope and means of verifying identity, better supervision and harsher penalties.

The media report revealed that China’s Internet users increased at the fastest pace in three years as the abundant availability of Internet-enabled smartphones spurred usage and increased the penetration rate.

Meanwhile, as of June, there were 3.89 billion Internet users around the world.

Of the billions, 751 million were in China, which is the world’s most populous nation.

 

More Euro Asia news of the month

Photos Kara Wai to Receive Excellence in Asian Cinema Award

HONG KONG - Hong Kong actress Kara Wai says she is ecstatic over receiving this year's Asian Film Awards' Excellence in Asian...

Photos After eight years, Google to relaunch map service in China

BEIJING, China - Nikkei has confirmed that after an eight-year absence, Alphabet Inc's Google will relaunch its map service in...

Photos Explosions Again Hampering Rescue Of Iranian Tanker Crew

An Iranian oil tanker that has been on fire and drifting in the East China Sea since last week has experienced several more explosions,...

Photos As political landscape changes, China-France vow better ties

BEIJING, China - Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron in Beijing and both the leaders have...

Photos Iran oil tanker collides off China’s coast, dozens missing

BEIJING, China - An Iranian oil tanker caught fire after a collision off China's coast leaving 32 crew members missing. The oil...

Photos Flight from Chicago to Hong Kong forced to land

HONG KONG, China - United Airlines revealed on Saturday that it was forced to divert a plane scheduled to go from Chicago to Hong Kong...

Photos China wants Pak's 'sacrifice to fight against terror' to get recognized

Beijing [China], Jan 2 (ANI): China on Tuesday backed Pakistan and stated that all should recognise "Pakistan's endeavour and...

Photos World’s first missile that can hit target in seconds tested

BEIJING, China - China is said to have successfully tested its new DF-17 hypersonic missile that can reportedly reshape the nuclear...

Photos Best-sellers that boosted global gaming revenues in 2017

CALIFORNIA, U.S. - This year, not only did the global gaming industry see its revenues being boosted by 7.8 percent, but the number of...

Flying Reimagined

Stock Index

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Life Style

Photo Gallery

FEUILLETON