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California WeChat Users Sue Tencent Over Fear of Chinese Censors

A group of California WeChat users sued Tencent Holdings Ltd., the Chinese owner of the messaging and payment app, for allegedly violating their right to privacy by surveilling and censoring their communications.

Citizen Power Initiatives for China, a group promoting transition to Democracy in China, and six anonymous WeChat users said comments made using WeChat that can be perceived as critical of the Chinese government have led to the users’ accounts being frozen, causing them to be cut of from friends and relatives in China as well as their business clients in the U.S.

Source: California WeChat Users Sue Tencent Over Fear of Chinese Censors – Bloomberg

Huawei worked on several surveillance systems promoted to identify ethnicity

Facing an international outcry over its testing of a “Uighur alarm” system, Huawei said it is committed to human rights “at the highest level.”

But the tech giant has worked with dozens of security contractors to develop surveillance products, some of which were touted as being able to identify a person’s ethnicity or to help suppress potential protests, according to company marketing documents that shed light on a little-publicized corner of one of China’s most valuable tech empires.

Source: ‘Uighur alarm’ wasn’t only Huawei product touted to identify ethnicity – The Washington Post

Chinese embassy blames hackers for retweet of Trump’s claim that Democrats cheated in election

The Chinese embassy in the U.S. said its Twitter account was hacked after it retweeted a baseless claim from President Donald Trump that the Democrats cheated in the election.

“If somebody cheated in the Election, which the Democrats did, why wouldn’t the Election be immediately overturned? How can a Country be run like this?,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday, without any evidence.

The Chinese embassy then retweeted it in a moment captured by one Reuters reporter.

Source: Chinese embassy blames hackers for retweet of Trump’s claim that Democrats cheated in election

Trump admin mulls blocking cloud firms from countries like China

A proposed executive order that could keep American cloud computing companies out of certain foreign countries is being circulated within the Trump administration and to tech industry players.

Under the proposed order, the Commerce Department would under certain circumstances have the authority to ban U.S. cloud providers from doing business in certain countries and ban foreign cloud providers from doing business with U.S. customers.

Source: Scoop: Trump admin mulls blocking cloud firms from countries like China – Axios

China unveils first law on personal data protection

As home to the world’s most online users, China on Tuesday unveiled its highly anticipated draft law on personal data protection, a significant step to address the long-held problems of leaks and hacks.

The draft was submitted for first review at the ongoing session of the top legislature meeting on Tuesday. It clarifies the definition of sensitive private data, including race, ethnicity, religion, biometric data, medical and financial data, and personal trajectory.

It states that those who violate the law could face a fine of up to 50 million yuan ($7.4 million) or 5 percent of its past year’s turnover, which observers said will strike a heavy blow to organizations, enterprises and individuals who have constantly disturbed people’s lives by illegally collecting, using and trading personal information for profit.

Source: China unveils first law on personal data protection – Global Times

Chinese tech firm compiles database on tens of thousands of British figures

Files on senior politicians and their families among those stored as part of worldwide intelligence collection operation.

A Chinese technology company has compiled a database on tens of thousands of British figures and their children and families for the use of the country’s intelligence agencies.

Source: Chinese tech firm compiles database on tens of thousands of British figures

China Launches Own Global Data Security Initiative, Targets U.S.’ ‘Clean Network’

It comes as last month, the U.S. launched its own network initiative that attempts to ringfence the country’s internet from Chinese influence.

The Chinese government announced its own global data security initiative on Tuesday outlining issues that include handling of personal data and surveillance, in a move that aims to counter the Trump administration’s “Clean Network” initiative which intends to exclude Chinese network equipment, software and services from internet infrastructure used by the U.S. and other nations.

Source: China Launches Own Global Data Security Initiative, Targets U.S.’ ‘Clean Network’

Security leak reveals Chinese government surveillance of more ethnic minorities

Ms Markson, on her program on Sky News, has revealed how Chinese activists have now uncovered a new facial recognition database targeting an ethnic minority group.

The Chinese Communist Party has previously used facial recognition to target minority groups including the Uighurs and Tibetans, by using high-tech surveillance which is then mobilized to imprison dissidents in indoctrination camps.

Source: Security leak reveals Chinese government surveillance of more ethnic minorities | Sky News Australia

TikTok, WeChat Bans Not Crucial to US Security, Experts Say

The US bans on Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat are not particularly valuable for US security, but could step up broader commercial pressure on Beijing and help President Donald Trump appear tough as he seeks reelection.

WeChat ban especially, experts say, actually harms a large number of Chinese Americans, US-based Chinese, and businesses working with China, all for whom the app is essential to communications.

Source: TikTok, WeChat Bans Not Crucial to US Security: Experts | SecurityWeek.Com

Privacy advocates sound alarm as thousands of Chinese facial recognition cameras head for Belgrade

Hundreds of facial recognition cameras, supplied by Huawei, are currently deployed in Serbia’s capital Belgrade, and thousands more are on their way, as part of an initiative police officials have said will make the capital safer.

However, privacy advocates are sounding the alarm over what they claim are the far-reaching ramifications the use of the cameras could have on human rights and the privacy of citizens. They also point out that the way in which the Serbian Ministry of Interior has gone about deploying the cameras may not be lawful.

Source: Privacy advocates sound alarm as thousands of Chinese facial recognition cameras head for Belgrade – Emerging Europe | Intelligence, Community, News

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