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Ministry of Public Security to Start 24 hour Internet Surveillance Program

People’s Daily reported that, according to the Ministry of Public Security, a brand new Internet surveillance system has been established. Starting June 1, it is expected that Internet police in 50 cities and provinces will monitor online activity using a unique identification account to “safeguard internet security.” The article stated that internet surveillance, covering a full 24 hours, will help to discover “illegal and harmful” information; present “warnings and threats” to those conducting improper online speech and behavior; publish online instances of criminal activity; and accept online tips that report illegal behavior. The article also listed 50 cities and provinces in which the Internet police surveillance is expected to take place.

Source: People’s Daily, March 31, 2015