A public consultation is under way on a draft cyber security law, part of tough new measures adopted last week by China’s legislature to safeguard national security.
The draft legislation authorizes the State Council or any local government to shut down the internet during a national security-related emergency.
This includes terrorist attacks, mass disturbances and “non-natural accidents”.
Also among the measures is stricter oversight of internet operators.
They are required to stop rumor mongering, delete any “illegal information” and report it to the authorities.
Network operators could lose their license or face a fine of up to 200,000 yuan (US$32,200) if they fail to comply.
In addition, they must require all internet users to register using their real name. The penalty for non-compliance is a fine of up to 100,000 yuan.
The draft law also increases protection of key information-related infrastructure.
The consultation ends on Aug. 5.
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