Date
22 September 2017
Revelations by US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden rang alarm bells across the world over cyber security. Photo: Bloomberg
Revelations by US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden rang alarm bells across the world over cyber security. Photo: Bloomberg

China to start internet security checks

China will begin checking computer systems used by government agencies to protect sensitive data, the official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.

The checks will target technology and services that are critical to national security and affect public interest, the report said, citing the State Council Internet Information Office.

Companies that don’t pass the checks will no longer be allowed to supply their products and services in China, the office said.

Investigations will check product security and try to prevent suppliers from illegally gathering, storing or processing user data, the report said.

“Governments and enterprises of a few countries have gathered sensitive information on a large scale for a long period, taking advantage of their technological monopolies,” Xinhua quoted Jiang Jun, spokesman for the State Council Information Office, as saying.

“They not only seriously undermine interests of their clients but also threaten the cyber security of other nations,” Jiang said, adding that documents leaked by former US security contractor Edward Snowden “rang alarm bells” over cyber security.

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