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China's banks probe online transactions for Web porn

China's banks are scrutinising online transactions for links to pornographic Web sites as the nation cracks down on Net sex.

By: REUTERS
| Updated on: Aug 20 2004, 16:46 IST

China's banks are scrutinising online transactions for links to pornographic Web sites as the country cracks down on Internet sex, Xinhua's online service said.

The China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) had asked banks to strengthen monitoring of their daily business and report anything abnormal, including suspicious domain names and bank card numbers, Xinhuanet said in a report seen on Friday.

'Some pornographic Web sites have used the banks' online transaction service as a means to charge clients, negatively influencing their reputations and business,' the CBRC was quoted as saying in a circular.

'Once a Web site is found to be involved in pornographic business, banks should immediately cut off its capital.'

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China had checked all 355 of its affiliated Web sites to ensure that they possess certificates for online business and have promised not to engage in 'indecent activities'.

The China Construction Bank designated a liaison person in each of its branches responsible for reporting updated information about affiliated Web sites.

A nationwide crackdown on pornographic Web sites kicked off in mid-July to rein in what the central government perceives as the harmful influences of the Internet in a country where usage has exploded in recent years.

Police have closed down more than 700 pornographic Web sites so far and arrested 329 suspects.

China's communist rulers have gradually relaxed the puritanical rule they imposed when they swept to power in 1949 but sporadically try to crack down on the sex industry.

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First Published Date: 20 Aug, 16:46 IST
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