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Xinhua: ISPs Required to Participate in Stopping Leaks of State Secrets

On October 1, the newly revised “Guarding State Secrets Law” took effect. The new law prohibits passing state secrets over the Internet, other public networks, or through unsecured cable or wireless communication. When a Public Security Bureau, the National Security Agency, or a prosecutory body conducts an investigation into a leak of state secrets, the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and other service providers for public networks must cooperate with investigation into the leak. They must stop immediately when they find anyone passing a state secret over the media, save the record, and report it to the Public Security Bureau, National Security Agency, or other security agency. Then they must delete the information per the related the government body’s request.

Source: Xinhua, October 1, 2010