China Releases Draft Website Registration Regulations

    Apr 13, 2016

    China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on March 25 publicly released draft regulations that establish new rules governing domain name registrations for websites. The regulations seek to update existing Internet laws first enacted in 2004 to address licensing requirements and provide personal information on domain name operators.

    However, Article 37 of the draft regulations require domain names engaging in network access within China to have services provided by domestic domain name registration service bodies.  They also prohibit Internet access service providers from providing network access services to domestic domain names not managed by Chinese registration service bodies.

    According to a report by the Associated Press, the regulations are an effort by China to consolidate its ability to impose censorship control over Chinese Internet companies that store their content domestically but keep their web address registered overseas. The draft regulations are open for public comment until April 25.

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