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Real-name registration sparks worries about information safety

By Zhang Yixuan, Ban Juanjuan (People's Daily)

16:25, February 13, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

As China will soon completely enforce real-name registration for microbloggers, many Internet users in the country are getting increasingly worried about the safety of their personal data, given the serious personal information leakage incidents occurring in South Korea and China last year.

"The cause of the information leakage incident in South Korea is websites' practice of storing users' ID numbers in their databases, but not the real-name registration policy. Websites should only serve as the interface for verification, and the truly sensitive information should be verified by authoritative government agencies," Chinese web entrepreneur Fang Xingdong said.

"Government agencies should introduce practical polices and techniques to prevent netizens’ personal information from being stolen or leaked, " Jiang Fei, an associate research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, stressed.

Netease Weibo, a leading microblogging service in China, said that users' personal information will be only used to verify their identity, and will not be stored.

Other microblogging services such as Sohu Weibo and Tencent Weibo have also stated that they will only provide users with access to verification agencies, adding that they will not store users' identity information, in order to eliminate the possibility of information leakage.

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