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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

Tech giants halt cooperation with Hong Kong authorities

Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter and other major technology companies say they have suspended processing requests for user data from Hong Kong authorities after China’s new national security law come into force late June.

Provisions include police having more power to demand information or compel companies to take down information from the internet, as well as giving the government new ways to restrict social media.

Source: Tech giants halt cooperation with Hong Kong authorities

TikTok Will Never Hand Over Data to Chinese Govt, Says CEO

TikTok has claimed that the Chinese government has never requested for user data, nor would the company turn it over if asked.

TikTok has sought to distance itself from Beijing after it was banned in India earlier this week. In a letter to the Indian government dated June 28th, the company’s CEO, Kevin Mayer, said that the Chinese government has never asked for data of Indian users. He further claimed that the company wouldn’t comply with such an order even if Beijing asks for it.

Source: TikTok Will Never Hand Over Data to Chinese Govt, Says CEO | Beebom

In land of big data, China sets individual privacy rights

China is poised to enshrine individuals’ rights to privacy and personal data for the first time, a symbolic first step as more of the country of 1.4 billion people becomes digitised – and more vulnerable to leaks and hacks.

The legislation is part of China’s first civil code, a sweeping package of laws that is being deliberated during the annual meeting of parliament, which began on Friday after a delay of more than two months due to the coronavirus.

Source: In land of big data, China sets individual privacy rights – Reuters

DarkHotel hackers use VPN zero-day to breach Chinese government agencies

Foreign state-sponsored hackers have launched a massive hacking operation aimed at Chinese government agencies and their employees.

Attacks began last month, in March, and are believed to be related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Targets included government agencies in Beijing and Shanghai and Chinese diplomatic missions abroad.

Source: DarkHotel hackers use VPN zero-day to breach Chinese government agencies | ZDNet

China, coronavirus and surveillance: the messy reality

Although China has tools that many other governments would not be able to usually deploy to track potentially infected people, such as location data from individual phones and facial recognition technology, the state’s ability to access personal data is at times limited.

Co-ordination between different areas of the public sector is often sporadic and sometimes marred by bureaucratic rivalries — as the experience of the two Guangdong towns shows. Wary of alienating middle-class customers, whose lives now revolve around a series of apps on their smartphones, many private sector companies are reluctant to be seen handing over data.

Full article: China, coronavirus and surveillance: the messy reality – Getaka

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