Internet operators and other public information network service providers should cooperate with public security and state security departments in probes of state secret leaks, according to a law amendment discussed Monday by lawmakers.
The amendments to the Law on Guarding State Secrets was submitted for its third reading at the four-day session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, or the top legislature, which began Monday.
Laws or amendments usually go through three readings before being adopted by China’s top legislature.
Update: See also a New York Times report, “China Moves to Tighten Data Controls”:
The wording of the amendment, as cited by the state-controlled newspaper China Daily, suggested that Internet and telecommunications would have to take a more proactive stance in identifying leaks of state secrets and their sources. The newspaper said companies must detect, report and delete unauthorized disclosures.
…In a related move, the Chinese government Monday posted on a government Web site a broad definition of what constitutes a commercial secret, covering information related to strategic plans, management, mergers, equity trades, stock market listings, reserves, production, procurement and sales strategy, financing and finances, negotiations, joint venture investments and technology transfers.
Read more about state secrets laws in China via CDT.