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Chinese guest house fined in anti-terrorism crackdown after it fails to register guests’ personal details

Shenzhen police have imposed their first hefty fine of 100,000 yuan (HK$116,000) on a guest house that failed to register guests’ personal information, which broke China’s anti-terrorism law, mainland media reports.

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The guest house, which was not identified, was fined after failing to check and register guests’ personal information before allowing them to check in on several occasions, the Shenzhen Evening News reported.

The owner of the guest house faced a separate fine of 1,000 yuan.

China’s tough anti-terrorism law came into effect on January 1, 2016.

It states that hotels and other premises that provide accommodation, but fail to check the identity of guests, or allow guests to stay despite refusing to provide their personal information, will be subject to a fine up to 500,000 yuan. Managers of such premises could be fined up to 100,000 yuan.

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In July, Shenzhen police were investigating reports of smuggling when they discovered that the guest house had not registered the identity of some suspects involved in the case.

The newspaper reported that the practice had continued for a while.

News of the fine was also published on the website of the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department.

Shenzhen police ordered hundreds of landlords to attend a meeting on Thursday to inform them of the significance of checking and reporting their tenants’ identities, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

On August 24, police in Shenzhen, near the border with Hong Kong, temporarily sealed off a house that had been rented out, and fined its owners 6,500 yuan for not registering and reporting the personal details of a tenant, who was a suspect in a series of burglaries across neighbouring provinces, the report said.

In Shenzhen, landlords are also required to report the personal information of all non-Shenzhen tenants to the government or they will face fines.

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Since the law took effect, the anti-terrorism law has led to several fines being imposed as police tightened up security checks on the personal information of hotel guests in the run-up to international conferences on the mainland, including this month’s G20 summit in Hangzhou.

People working for mail companies, express delivery firms, hotels, and public transportation operators that failed to check the information of customers also face the risk of being fined, as well as mainland media that fabricated stories about acts of terrorism, or broadcasts clips showing terrorism, the Legal Daily reported in July.