BEIJING — As the Chinese government expands what it calls a campaign against #*$!ography, cellular companies in Beijing and Shanghai have been told to suspend text services to cellphone users who are found to have sent messages with “illegal or unhealthy content,” state-run news media reported Tuesday.
China Mobile, one of the nation’s largest cellular providers, reported that text messages would automatically be scanned for “key words” provided by the police, according to China Daily, a state-controlled English-language newspaper. Messages will be deemed “unhealthy” if they violate undisclosed criteria established by the central government, the newspaper said.
Msg#: 4065093 posted 7:16 pm on Jan 21, 2010 (gmt 0)
The extent to which governments are starting to monitor their own citizens is plain scary. In China, Iran, Uzbekistan and other dictatorships, the situation is just horrible, and getting worse, but the "democratic" west isn't far behind at times. What needs to be done is an empowering of consumers, as for example the default https [gmailblog.blogspot.com] in Gmail.
Msg#: 4065093 posted 6:12 am on Jan 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
There are already corporate products out there that decrypt HTTPS for monitoring employees.
Yes, it's called a proxy. If a corporation runs all your traffic through one of these filtering proxies and it accepts SSL connections, then they could decrypt anything. They would be acting as a man-in-the-middle. That's quite different from SSL being unsafe.