Law & Policy

Shanghai Enhances Internet Monitoring

Video cameras in Shanghai's Internet cafes will make sure customers do not look at forbidden Web sites, says Yu Wenchang, an official with Shanghai Culture, Radio, Film and TV Administration, in the Shanghai Daily. Shanghai's more than 1300 Internet bars will have the surveillance equipment installed by the end of June.

China has increased its monitoring of Internet usage over the last few years, and sites deemed off-limits range from the banned Falun Gong sect to pornographic content.

Internet users will also have to enter their identification numbers into software installed on the cafes' computers, and foreigners will be asked for passport details.

Internet cafes caught breaking the rules face hefty fines of more than US$1800 and can also have business licenses revoked.

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