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China Initiates Work on Online Gaming Real Name System

Jiefang Daily, 7/30/11

Eight Chinese government ministries and agencies recently released a joint "Memorandum Regarding the Initiation of Work on a Real-Name Verification System to Prevent Online Gaming Addiction." China's General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP), the Civilization Office of the Central Communist Party Committee, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League, the All China Women's Federation, and the China National Committee for the Wellbeing of the Youth all participated in drafting the memorandum. At a press conference in Shanghai on July 29, GAPP announced that as of July 28, all online game operators nationwide had begun implementing anti-addiction real-name verification measures in their games. The testing period for the system will last until September 30, 2011, after which the system will be officially implemented starting October 1.

According to the Memorandum, the Ministry of Public Security's National Citizen Identity Information Center will be responsible for real-name verification for the national anti-addiction system. Online game operators will be responsible for amassing the necessary user registration data and identification, and ensuring via the NCIIC that users have not entered fraudulent identification data before enrolling them in the operators' own anti-addiction systems. Game operators will be strictly required to comply with the Standards for Anti-Addiction System Development for Online Games and the Plan for Real-Name Verification for Anti-Addiction Systems for Online Gaming in developing their systems, and may not make any unauthorized changes to, expansions to, or reductions in the scope of system functionality or permissions. Violators will be punished in accordance with the law, and will have their permits for online publishing, operations, and other connectivity services revoked.

Keywords: regulation online gaming Internet law youth MIIT Ministry of Education Ministry of Public Security Civilization Office GAPP National Citizen Identity Information Center real name system Communist Youth League standard

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