October 24, 2007
Legislators in Guangdong Province are planning to amend a draft
regulation on the security of computer-based information systems.
The key amendments include ensuring website operators "establish a sound
security system" and the introduction of "serious punishments for
violators of computer information systems".
He Yanfeng, a deputy to the Guangdong provincial people's congress,
said: "The amendments are aimed at further developing computer
In recent years, the province has had many cases where the security of
information systems has been breached.
Actions defined as posing a threat to security include entering a system
without permission, or illegally using data contained within a system.
Under the draft regulation, the publication of misleading or false
information online is strictly forbidden.
Also, disclosing Internet users' e-mail addresses or other personal
information to a third party, and producing or spreading Internet
viruses are prohibited.
"Individuals or companies that are found to be engaging in such
activities will be subject to strict punishments," He said.
These will include fines of between 5,000 and 15,000 yuan
(US$670-$2,000), she said.
"Decoding illegally imported software products, which are usually
without authentication codes, will also be strictly forbidden," He said,
adding that all "decoding business" should be carried out by the local
public security authority.
Under the draft, Internet cafes are also required to set up standardized
computer information administration systems in a bid to prevent
He said: "Public security departments and other government organizations
will also be punished if they are found to have illegally disclosed
information about computer users."
Chen Shuhuang, a lawyer with the Guangzhou-based Hanmeng Law Firm, said
the amended draft was "a bigger step towards the protection of computer
"The rules will also better protect the information stored about people
online," he said.
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