Website and app producers can now register with police online

Instead of bringing the required materials in printed form to the police in person, companies now only have to fill out a form on the Internet.

All websites and apps have to be registered with the police in China, but in Shanghai, police have significantly eased the registration process.

Instead of bringing the required materials in printed form to the police in person, companies now only have to fill out a form online, police said on Thursday.

Also, instead of waiting 30 days for approval, companies will now receive a reply within 24 hours.

Registration is done on wa.police.sh.cn.

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The front page of the website.

So far, 49,896 websites, 1,191 apps, 86,000 public venues offering online surfing, and 130 Internet access service providers in Shanghai have registered themselves on the website, police said.

On the website, those companies can also test the safety of their websites' architecture and safety strategies. Police said they have issued 9,694 safety reports to 1,314 companies via the website so far.

Meanwhile, police have fortified identity checks at the city’s Internet cafés.

Now, customers at Internet cafés no longer have to bring their ID cards with them for an identity check by staff. They need only scan a QR code at the reception desk with Alipay or WeChat and do a facial verification on their mobile phone.

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A customer does facial verification on his mobile phone when checking in at an Internet café.

Police said this measure addresses the problems of criminals using fake ID cards at Internet cafés, although identity checks based on ID cards will remain valid.

So far this measure has been introduced at 469 such cafés in seven Shanghai districts. Police said it will cover all 1,100 around the city by the end of this year.

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