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This App lets arrest people

The Human Rights Watch report makes it clear: there is no Escape. The police database of the Chinese province of Xinjiang, white, who, when, bought as much Gas, who enters his house through the back door, who makes a pilgrimage, who has lost his mobile phone, or toxic Software such as Whatsapp used. to capture

the flood of data, Beijing, developed a handy App for the police officers in the Muslim-majority troubled province in the North-West of the country. Up to a million Uighurs in prison camps to sit should be referred to by China as "political education camps".

Always suspected: Religion

And thanks to the new monitoring system, it is likely to be even more. Because it not only collects data, it also evaluates and generates even suggestions for arrests. The Human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) has evaluated the structure of the App, the data will be collected, and the Screenshots released, providing a meticulous check list for police interviews. "The Chinese government monitors every aspect of everyday life in Xinjiang, searches out those people, whom they distrusted, and checked them even stricter," says Maya Wang, who authored the report. The App also registers mundane observations such as "avoiding contact with the neighbors." The color of the car is included here as well as DNA and voice samples.

If the algorithm is calculated in this sea of information, any deviation from the Norm, the police automatically an alarm message. The reviewed the reported fact, and returns the result to the System. If someone is not using his telephone, for example, a new SIM card buys, outside of the assigned home stop or a car borrowed. Of particular interest is everything that has to do with Religion is: anyone Who reads the Koran or mosques donates will be marked as suspicious. Also contacts abroad on the App, an automatic alarm message.

The System divides the people, it is considered as potentially dangerous, in 36 categories. As such, the work as Imam, is more than a child, from abroad to return or be released from prison. Alarm trigger but also those who want to escape the System and instead of a smart phone, an analog phone, all of their possessions to sell or, especially, consume a lot of electricity. Who fits into none of these categories, can be registered under item 36 (Other).

Alarm trigger also those that use an analog telephone, all of their possessions to sell or, especially, consume a lot of electricity.

For data-collect 200'000 additional public servants to be in addition to the regular police. The aim is for all households to visit in Xinjiang regularly, says HRW. In addition to the police in painstaking work, collected the data, but fed also by the results of the electronic surveillance systems in the police database: The images of millions of cameras, many of which with face detection are equipped, or the records of so-called data operators automatically scan the mobile phones of passers-by.

such A Data is according to HRW, for example, at the entrance to the mosque in the provincial capital of Urumqi. This serves the localization of the Suspect, the trigger when passing an Alarm, but also the control of the Internet: Foreign Tools such as Viber, WhatsApp or Telegram to be classified as "suspicious". What is prohibited, however, remains unclear and, therefore, the discretion of the police. "People don't know if what they have on their phones is considered "unlawful" or "terrorist",", quoted by HRW, a Muslim man from Xinjiang.

"Strike hard"

Beijing justifies the Monitoring of the fight against terrorist attacks in the Region. China must face the "three evil forces": separatism, terrorism and extremism. "Punch it hard", call the authorities in the campaign. However, the evaluation of the App by Human Rights Watch makes it clear that a focus on the private lives of uninvolved civilians than to hunt down terrorists.

civil rights campaigners complain that the Affected even know, which data will be accumulated about them. In Xinjiang, a modern police had been erected in the state, criticized Human Rights Watch, and warns that this was only the prelude: Beijing, the rigid monitoring system that had been installed in the troubled province, the next few years to the whole of China to expand wool. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 03.05.2019, 19:54 PM

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