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Thursday, March 25, 2010

No More Go Daddy Domains for China

Go Daddy is joining Google in its fight against China's Internet control.The company has announced it'll no longer register new domains in the People's Republic. There has been an apparent change in Chinese law that requires Go Daddy to now collect color headshot photos of all users trying to register new domains. In addition, the company must obtain business identification documents and physically signed registration forms from all of its Chinese customers. All that data has to be forwarded on to China's government-run Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) for "review."

Go Daddy has been told to apply the new rule retroactively, obtaining photo identification from every existing China customer and supplying it to the government.

According to CNN, U.S. lawmakers at Wednesday's hearing praised Google and Go Daddy's efforts and slammed others for not following suit.

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