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China: Restrictions on File Sharing

A Government agency in China is proposing strict limitations to wireless file sharing technologies like Apple’s airdrop and Google’s nearby share that allow users share media while in close range. This development is in response to the use of airdrop by protesters during anti-government demonstrations in October 2022, which allowed them to share content and bypass the country’s internet censorship measures.

According to CNN, the proposal released by the Cyberspace Administration of China outlined its objective of protecting national security and public interests by regulating the use of close-range wireless communication technologies such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and other similar tech. It further specifies that individuals must refrain from sharing any information deemed “illegal or harmful” on these networks.

Additionally, the draft stipulates that creators and supporters of such networks must require users to provide their real names and other personal information for adequate legal monitoring.

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