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China Intensifies Internet Censorship Drive, Sets Up Web Monitoring

Officials in China warned businesses in the capital city to install web surveillance technology to monitor their traffic or they may have to face hefty fine or closure.

According to British daily The Telegraph (opens in new tab), the regulatory body of China has ordered businesses like cyber cafes, hotels, restaurants, shops, and showrooms in Central Beijing to install an expensive web monitoring technology and keep a check on the people using their wireless connection.

The software will enable businesses to identify users and keep a tab on their web activities. Those found not complying with the new rule will be fined up to the same amount and may even face closure as their licenses may get dumped. It seems that the step to intensify web censorship in the country has left businesses with no other choice but to stop providing WiFi services rather than spending £1,900 to install the new software.

"This regulation is made to enhance internet security and to assist public security bureau to break criminal cases. Details of implementation are confidential." a police officer from Dongcheng district has informed.

The new regulation has received backlash from the common people of the city including college students, owners of cafe shops and restaurants along with residents in the city.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.