According to the Measures for the Administration of Internet Information Services and the Measures for the Archival Administration of Non-operational Internet Information Services , the People's Republic of China mandates an Internet Content Provider (ICP) filing system for non-commercial Internet information services and an ICP licensing system for commercial Internet information services. Websites that have not obtained an official ICP filing or license are prohibited from providing Internet information services. Therefore, all websites that provide services to Mainland China must first obtain an ICP filing. You can apply for an ICP filing, modify ICP filing information, cancel an ICP filing, and claim an ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system.

What happens if you do not have an ICP filing

The preceding measures specify that you must obtain an ICP filing for websites whose domain names are resolved to instances located in Mainland China. Otherwise, these websites are not allowed to provide services.
  • You must obtain an ICP filing and directly resolve the domain name to an Alibaba Cloud instance deployed in Mainland China. The Alibaba Cloud monitoring system will suspend your website if the preceding requirements are not met, and ask you to obtain an ICP filing.
  • If you have obtained an ICP filing through another service provider and you want to resolve your website domain name to Alibaba Cloud instances deployed in Mainland China, you must submit your ICP filing information to Alibaba Cloud. The Alibaba Cloud monitoring system will suspend your website if the preceding requirements are not met, and ask you to submit the ICP filing information to Alibaba Cloud.

Overview of the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system

The following figure shows how to build a website that can provide services properly. To build a website, you must specify the instance and access information, website information, and entity information. To apply for an ICP filing, you must submit the preceding information to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) so that it can verify the authenticity and security of the services provided by your website. You can access the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system from a PC or the Alibaba Cloud app. The Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system allows you to apply for an ICP filing, modify ICP filing information, cancel an ICP filing, and claim an ICP filing.
  • Apply for an ICP filing

    If you need to apply for an ICP filing for a website, you can purchase an Alibaba Cloud instance deployed in Mainland China and log on to the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System from a PC or the Alibaba Cloud app. Then, you can apply for an ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system.

    For more information about the procedure and ICP filing types, see ICP filing application overview. For more information about how to apply for an ICP filing from a PC, see the ICP filing procedure (PC) topic in the ICP filing documentation. For more information about how to apply for an ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud app, see the ICP filing procedure (app) topic in the ICP filing documentation.

  • Modify ICP filing information and cancel an ICP filing
    • Modify ICP filing information

      Modify ICP filing information: After you have obtained an ICP filing, if you need to modify the ICP filing information such as the entity or website information, you can submit a modification request from the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system on a PC or in the Alibaba Cloud app.

    • Remove Alibaba Cloud from the service provider list or cancel an ICP filing

      After you have obtained an ICP filing, you can log on to the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing System from a PC or the Alibaba Cloud app to remove Alibaba Cloud from the service provider list or cancel an ICP filing. The procedure in the Alibaba Cloud app is the same as that on the PC.

      • Remove Alibaba Cloud from the service provider list: By removing Alibaba Cloud from the service provider list in the ICP filing information, you dissociate the ICP filing information from Alibaba Cloud. We recommend that you add a new service provider to the ICP filing information before removing Alibaba Cloud from the service provider list.
        Note If you remove the current service provider before adding a new one, the ICP filing of your website may become invalid. Therefore, you must add a new service provider at your earliest convenience.
      • Cancel an ICP filing: If you no longer need to use the website that has obtained an ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system, you must cancel the ICP filing by deleting the website or entity information.
  • Other services
    Note You can only import or claim ICP filing information on a PC. These operations are not supported in the Alibaba Cloud app.

    Import or claim ICP filing information: Determine whether the filing information needs to be imported or claimed to the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system. For more information, see the Determine whether to import or claim the ICP filing information topic in the ICP filing documentation.

Considerations

When you apply for an ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system, note the following limits, requirements, and regulations:
  • Limits

    Pay attention to the limits when you apply for an ICP filing in the Alibaba Cloud ICP Filing system. For example, you can only apply for an ICP filing for a domain name instead of an IP address. For more information, see Restrictions.

  • Requirements for domain names and instances

    Before you apply for an ICP filing, you must verify that your website domain name and the instance that hosts your website meet the ICP filing requirements. For more information about the requirements, see Prepare and check the domain name and Prepare and check the instance and access information.

  • Regulations

    The MIIT has regulations on the content and format of ICP filing information, modification of filing information, and change of the service provider. These regulations vary among provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities. Before you apply for an ICP filing, we recommend that you read and understand the ICP filing regulations of MIIT in your region, and prepare the ICP filing materials as required. For more information, see ICP filing regulations of MIIT in different regions in the ICP filing documentation.