The Chinese government has been demanding more and more from the country’s Internet users in recent years, and is demanding more in terms of content.
In April 2018, the country issued a controversial online censorship order that required internet users to register for a government account, and said the information would be shared with the police and other government agencies.
At the time, it also prohibited people from using certain software apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, and ordered that any such apps be blocked for a year.
In 2018, China also blocked a number of VPN services, including the popular Tor, in an attempt to shut down the software, and in April 2020, it launched a national crackdown on VPN services.
In February 2020, the Chinese Government published an open letter to Indian users asking them to join a government online account.
In the letter, the government warned that “the information of the [Chinese] Government’s information security agency [GISA] is available online and the Internet users must take the necessary measures to ensure their data is not accessed”.
“If we want to maintain a democratic, stable, and prosperous society, we must ensure the security of our online and offline communications and ensure that the Chinese Communist Party and government agencies are not able to access them,” the letter said.
India’s Internet was once hailed as the most secure online platform in the world.
Today, it’s the only one that’s not.