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China Sharpens Hacking to Hound Its Minorities, Far and Wide

New, more sophisticated attacks are targeting Uighurs’ phones — even iPhones and even abroad, security researchers say. They warn that foreigners could be next.

“The Chinese use their best tools against their own people first because that is who they’re most afraid of,” said James A. Lewis, a former United States government official who writes on cybersecurity and espionage for the Center for Strategic Studies in Washington. “Then they turn those tools on foreign targets.”

Source: China Sharpens Hacking to Hound Its Minorities, Far and Wide – The New York Times

Apple Shares Some Browsing History with Chinese Company

The company acknowledged it’s using ‘safe browsing’ technology from Tencent, which has ties to the Chinese government.

Apple is sending some browsing history of iOS 13 Safari users to Tencent Holdings Limited, a Chinese multinational conglomerate. The data shared is tied to the Safari Safe Browsing technology. Revelations of the relationship have drawn criticism from security and privacy experts.

Source: Apple Shares Some Browsing History with Chinese Company | Threatpost

China to Require Facial Recognition for Internet, Cell Phones

Starting December 1, Chinese citizens will have to allow telecommunications carriers to scan their faces when signing up for internet access or to get a new phone number.

Registering your face in exchange for internet access just makes it easier to track what you post on social media, and what websites you might frequent. The Chinese government already has a vise-grip on the internet, in which sites like Facebook and Twitter are blocked.

Source: China to Require Facial Recognition for Internet, Cell Phones

Chinese shoppers adopt facial payments in cashless drive

China’s shoppers are increasingly purchasing goods with just a turn of their heads as the country embraces facial payment technology.

The software is already widely used, often to monitor citizens – it has been credited with nabbing jaywalkers and catching criminals. But authorities have come under fire for using it to crack down and monitor dissent, particularly in China’s surveillance-heavy region of Xinjiang.

Despite the concerns over data security and privacy, consumers seem unperturbed as facial recognition payment hits the high streets.

Source: Chinese shoppers adopt facial payments in cashless drive | Technology – Gulf News

China camera apps may open up user data to Beijing government requests

In the wake of growing global concerns over internet privacy and security protection, cybersecurity experts say Chinese companies cannot deny the government if asked for data.

China’s mobile programs count hundreds of millions of active users, but their capacity to ensure privacy remains a matter of debate — especially since there’s less of an emphasis on that factor at home.

Source: China camera apps may open up user data to Beijing government requests

What Hong Kong’s Protestors Can Teach Us About the Future of Privacy

Around the world, police and intelligence agencies are conducting secret, real-time surveillance of civic spaces—and not just during times of protest.

In addition to greatly expanding the depth and breadth of surveillance, new technologies are changing how it’s performed. Today, spying can be conducted remotely and invisibly.

Read full article: What Hong Kong’s Protestors Can Teach Us About the Future of Privacy

Human Rights Watch Reverse-Engineers Mass Surveillance App used by Police in Xinjiang

For years, Xinjiang has been a testbed for the Chinese government’s novel digital and physical surveillance tactics, as well as human rights abuses. But there is still a lot that the international human rights community doesn’t know, especially when it comes to post-2016 Xinjiang.

Last Wednesday, Human Rights Watch released a report detailing the inner workings of a mass surveillance app used by police and other officials. The application is used by offiicals to communicate with the larger Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP), the umbrella system for collecting mass surveillance data in Xinjiang.

Full article: Human Rights Watch Reverse-Engineers Mass Surveillance App used by Police in Xinjiang

China needs better data privacy policy to capture digital trade growth

If China doesn’t step up its efforts on issues such as data privacy and intellectual property protection, the country could miss out on a 37 trillion yuan ($5.5 trillion) growth opportunity in the decade ahead, according to analysis published Thursday by the Hinrich Foundation.

“To sustain China’s growth momentum into 2030 and beyond, China would need to hone competitive strategies beyond the low-cost advantage that has traditionally propelled its economic growth,” the report says.

Source: China needs better data privacy policy to capture digital trade growth

Finland to investigate Nokia about sending data to China

Finland’s data protection ombudsman said on Thursday he would investigate whether Nokia-branded phones had breached data rules after a report said the handsets sent information to China.

Nokia-branded mobile phones are developed under licence by Finnish company HMD Global, which said no personal data had been shared with a third party although it said there had been a data software glitch with one batch of handsets that had been fixed.

Source: Finland to investigate Nokia-branded phones after data breach report | Reuters

China bans 23m from buying travel tickets as part of ‘social credit’ system

China has blocked millions of “discredited” travellers from buying plane or train tickets as part of the country’s controversial “social credit” system aimed at improving the behaviour of citizens.

Chinese courts banned would-be travellers from buying flights 17.5 million times by the end of 2018. Citizens placed on black lists for social credit offences were prevented from buying train tickets 5.5 million times.

Source: China bans 23m from buying travel tickets as part of ‘social credit’ system | World news | The Guardian

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