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NPC Member Proposes Curb on SMS Spam

Xinhua News Agency, 3/16/08

National People's Congress (NPC) member and chairman of Shanghai Mobile Zheng Jieri has submitted a proposal on further improvement of China's information security system and the establishing of an Information Security Protection Law. This would include a registration system for anyone sending more than 100 text messages with similar content.

Zheng quoted a 2006 study by the Internet Society of China which found Chinese mobile users receiving on average eight spam SMS per week, with 6% receiving forty or more. The majority of the messages were illegal advertisements. China Mobile's own statistics show that the average spammer sends out 927 messages a day, with the record standing at 10,851. The numbers used to send spam are used on average for less than three months, and 41% of them fail to pay their bills.

Editor's note: For additional background on recent developments related to SMS spam in China, please see:

Focus Wireless in Spam SMS Scandal, MD 3/16/08 issue;

Guangdong Unicom to Tackle SMS Spam, MD 3/11/08 issue;

SMS Spam Next on Crackdown List, MD 1/25/08 issue;

China Mobile Filter to Block 50% of SMS Spam, MD 1/16/08 issue;

China Mobile Publishes 2008 Service Guidelines, MD 1/14/08 issue;

State Council Drafting Personal Data Protection Law, MD 4/27/08 issue.

Keywords: Zheng Jieri Information Security Protection Law regulation statistics mobile advertising Internet Society of China law NPC Shanghai Mobile SMS spam wireless

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