Got an email like this in my email box. I hosted my server (not this blog) at this ISP before.
Name of ISP is removed
They told me (in case you cannot read Chinese) that I have to shut down my BBS immediately because it is not licensed.
If I do not do it, their policy is:
“If found, ban the IP first, then locate the owner. Absolutely no exception”.
I support the cracking down of porn website, but I do worry about how they approach it.
The current rule is, if you are not in the NOT evil database, you are evil.
My site has been illegal in China since 2002 and is still illegal. Check this story: My Site Remains Illegal in China learn how hard it is to get contact with the right person to get ICP.
I have to pay to proove I am NOT evil. The yearly cost is higher than the cost domain name + hosting service together.
I got similiar from every ISP I have account with this week.
Well. I am happy that I have moved my site out of ISP in Shanghai and to iPowerWeb. Otherwise, I have to worry about my site everyday.
According to law, my site is illegal and subject to be deleted without notification.
According to ISP’s practice, they will not inform their customer before they ban their sites and will proactively report whatever they know about you to police.
According to how virtual hosting works, if any of the more than 100 sites hosting on the same server is found porn content, the whole machine is take away from the Internet…..
So, where is my sense of safty today?