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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

China hacked Norway’s Visma to steal client secrets

Hackers working on behalf of Chinese intelligence breached the network of Norwegian software firm Visma to steal secrets from its clients, cyber security researchers said, in what a company executive described as a potentially catastrophic attack.

Source: China hacked Norway’s Visma to steal client secrets: investigators | Reuters

In China, your car could be talking to the government

China has called upon all electric vehicle manufacturers in China to make the same kind of reports — potentially adding to the rich kit of surveillance tools available to the Chinese government as President Xi Jinping steps up the use of technology to track Chinese citizens.

Full article: In China, your car could be talking to the government

More than 50 nations, but not U.S., sign onto cybersecurity pact

French President Emmanuel Macron released an international agreement on cybersecurity principles Monday as part of the Paris Peace Forum. The original signatories included more than 50 nations, 130 private sector groups and 90 charitable groups and universities, but not the United States, Russia or China.

The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace is another step in the disjointed effort to create international norms and laws for cybersecurity and warfare. In most international matters of regulating the internet, there tends to be a wide split between the liberal Western order and authoritarian nations like Russia and China.

Full article: More than 50 nations, but not U.S., sign onto cybersecurity pact – Axios

China surveillance tech can ID people by their walk

Chinese authorities have started using “gait recognition” software – artificial intelligence that identifies people by their body shape and the way they walk – for mass surveillance on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai. The tech can reportedly recognize people from up to 50 meters away, even if their face is hidden or their back is facing the camera.

Full article: China surveillance tech can ID people by their walk, report says – CNET

China reportedly infiltrated Apple and other US companies using ‘spy’ chips on servers

U.S-based server motherboard specialist Supermicro was compromised in China where government-affiliated groups are alleged to have infiltrated its supply chain to attach tiny chips, some merely the size of a pencil tip, to motherboards which ended up in servers deployed in the U.S. The goal was to gain an entry point within company systems to potentially grab IP or confidential information. While the micro-servers themselves were limited in terms of direct capabilities, they represented a “stealth doorway” that could allow China-based operatives to remotely alter how a device functioned to potentially access information.

Source: China reportedly infiltrated Apple and other US companies using ‘spy’ chips on servers | TechCrunch

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