Monday, 18 December 2017

China tells web giants they must accept limits to access

Web giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter would be welcome to operate in China if they adhered to Beijing's strict censorship and surveillance laws, regulators have said.
Access to China's hundreds of millions of internet users would be a goldmine for the web giants, but it would only be provided if the companies agreed to accept limits on how they operated in the country.
Speaking to the Internet Governance Forum at the UN's European headquarters in Geneva, Chinese regulators recognised that people were asking "why Google, why Facebook are not yet working and operating" in China.

Qi Xiaoxia, director general of the Bureau of International Cooperation at the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), said of Google - which left China of its own accord in 2010: "If they want to come back, we welcome.

"The condition is that they have to abide by Chinese law and regulations. That is the bottom line. And also that they would not do any harm to Chinese national security and national consumers interests."

The restatement of China's tough domestic laws runs directly counter to President Xi Jinping's promise that the nation's internet would "only become more and more open".

President Xi's comments were read out at China's fourth annual World Internet Conference, which leading figures from several US tech giants attended, including Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai for the first time.

SKY     News.