GoDaddy has said that it will stop registering domains in China because of new government rules that the company believes are intrusive.
The Washington Post reports that GoDaddy today informed lawmakers that it would no longer be registering domain names in China because of new rules that require applicants to submit extensive amounts of personal information.
The company said it believes the new rules, which include the requirement that applicants submit photos of themselves, are a bid to increase the level of surveillance of content on Web sites. According to the Washington Post, GoDaddy believes the rules could put its customers at risk and is wary of the "chilling effect" it could have on new registrations.
The news comes after Google's decision to leave China and on the heels of rumors that Dell is contemplating relocating its Chinese operations