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Gov’t Says Public WiFi Will Be Secure

ONLINE PRIVACY—CHINA

October 31, 2011

Three national telecom companies are developing a public WiFi network in Beijing. Expected to launch before the end of the year, the "My Beijing" network will be free during its initial three years, but some are concerned that the service will allow government access to personal information, reports The Next Web. Users will be authenticated by providing their cell phone number, and some say this will risk the privacy of Web browsing history and allow numbers to be recorded and sold to marketing companies. Government officials "insist that the phone number requirement is without ulterior motive," the report states.
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