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Legislators Poised to Toughen Law Requiring Telecoms to Share Client Information

ONLINE PRIVACY—CHINA

April 30, 2010

China is moving to strengthen its law requiring telecommunications and Internet companies to inform the government about customers who discuss anything defined as "state secrets," The Sydney Morning Herald reports. The meaning of "state secrets" is broadly defined, the report states, so anything from maps and GPS coordinates to economic statistics could fall into the category. Beijing-based human rights lawyer Mo Shaoping says the requirements in the amended law mean communications service providers will be unable to protect the privacy of their clients, leaving them "with no secrets at all, since the service providers have no means to resist the police."
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