China and the future of privacy

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China and the future of privacy

Post by ed » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:56 am

By 2020, China will have completed its nationwide facial recognition and surveillance network, achieving near-total surveillance of urban residents, including in their homes via smart TVs and smartphones.

According to the official Legal Daily newspaper, the 13th Five Year Plan requires 100 percent surveillance and facial recognition coverage and total unification of its existing databases across the country.

Authorities in the southwestern province of Sichuan reported in December that they had completed the installation of more than 40,000 surveillance cameras across more than 14,000 villages as part of the "Sharp Eyes" nationwide surveillance network, the paper said.

Guangdong-based Bell New Vision Co. is developing the nationwide "Sharp Eyes" platform that can link up public surveillance cameras and those installed in smart devices in the home, to a nationwide network for viewing in real time by anyone who is given access.
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Re: China and the future of privacy

Post by Anaxagoras » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:19 pm

I think I posted about this already in another thread, but it is truly frightening. 1984 is perhaps closer to reality than ever before, although totalitarianism isn't a new thing.

The sad part is, it looked for a while like China might grow more liberal, albeit at a snail's pace.
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Re: China and the future of privacy

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:57 pm

Are smartphones compulsory in China?
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Re: China and the future of privacy

Post by ed » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:46 pm

I have been thinking the same sort of thing: make ownership and possession of a smartphone mandatory.
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Re: China and the future of privacy

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:01 pm

Is having it turned off a criminal offense? :)
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Re: China and the future of privacy

Post by Giz » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:02 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:Is having it turned off a criminal offense? :)
Or "forgetting to recharge it"?

I wonder if all the smart TV's sold here are similarly compromised? Thinking of which, is "Alexa " a Russian or Chinese name?

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Re: China and the future of privacy

Post by ed » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:11 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:Is having it turned off a criminal offense? :)
Turned off isn't enough. You have to put it in a faraday cage
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