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Data leak shows extent of state Surveillance in China

A leak of approximately 364 million Online records in a Chinese database has once again thrown a spotlight on the extent of state Surveillance in the country.

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Data leak shows extent of state Surveillance in China

A leak of approximately 364 million Online records in a Chinese database has once again thrown a spotlight on the extent of state Surveillance in the country.

According to the security researcher, Victor Gevers of the non-profit Dutch GDI Foundation, which discovered the records, this is information associated with your Online accounts. Including Chat logs, GPS data, file transfer, private messages and personal identification numbers.

The data collection seems to be, therefore, arbitrarily: In some of the conversations in the database, it is merely banter between young people.

"you probably know exactly who, when, where and what," said Gevers to the AFP news Agency. Every day thousands of Online records went to different Chinese databases, in order that the relevant law enforcement authorities might view them.

Connected to "Internet cafe Management System"

According to the Gevers ' shared documents in the database with a "cyber café Management System" is connected to. This was developed by the in the Eastern province of Shandong-based technology company headbond.com .

The company had been commissioned in 2017 by the authority for public security in Yancheng in the Eastern province of Jiangsu. In Yancheng, in the database, run the Internet cafe is at least a resident.

On its website, the company called the "Internet cafe Management System" as "the best solution" for the identification of Internet users by the police. Head bond didn't want to comment on the request, the authorities reacted to requests.

In recent years, the Chinese leadership was increasingly against Internet cafes. According to Chinese law, Internet cafes to the identities, as well as "relevant" Online behavior of the user record and, upon request, to the authorities. This resulted in a market for so-called Internet café Management systems, such as the header bond.

(oli/sda)

Created: 07.03.2019, 23:45 PM

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