They also questioned whether businesses would gain any competitive edge if their Web sites were allowed to be viewed in China. Some said that Beijing could force the Taiwanese businesspeople to turn over customer data if they want to do business in China.
NCC Spokesperson Yu Hsiao-cheng (虞孝成) said in response that subscribers to the telecom services are mostly corporate customers and will want their networks to be accessed by designated users only.
They buy the specialized services because they care more than anybody else about the security and reliability of the system, he said, adding that most of corporate users will also encrypt their messages to prevent any confidential information from being stolen.
“As far as I am concerned, the Chinese online shopping Web site Taobao has approximately 1 million users in Taiwan. Taiwanese buyers have already left their information there. We cannot ask people to stop their going to their Web sites for fear that their information might be stolen because that will make us no different from China,” he said.
Yu added that small and medium-sized businesses in Taiwan can benefit from the agreement because their creative products could have a legitimate way to directly reach a market of 1.3 billion people through their e-Commerce Web sites without fear of being blocked by the Chinese government.