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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

China Develops Facial Recognition Tech to Identify People Wearing Coronavirus Masks

A major client of the Beijing-based Hanwang Technology Ltd, which developed this technology, is the Ministry of Public Security, which runs the police.

A Chinese company says it has developed the country’s first facial recognition technology that can identify people when they are wearing a mask, as most are these days because of the coronavirus, and help in the fight against the disease.

China employs some of the world’s most sophisticated systems of electronic surveillance, including facial recognition. But the coronavirus, which emerged in Hubei province late last year, has resulted in almost everyone wearing a surgical mask outdoors in the hope of warding off the virus, posing a particular problem for surveillance.

Source: China Develops Facial Recognition Tech to Identify People Wearing Coronavirus Masks

China uses software to dictate Coronavirus quarantines

China encourages people to return to work despite the coronavirus outbreak, it has begun a bold mass experiment in using data to regulate citizens’ lives — by requiring them to use software on their smartphones that dictates whether they should be quarantined or allowed into subways, malls and other public spaces.

But a New York Times analysis of the software’s code found that the system does more than decide in real time whether someone poses a contagion risk. It also appears to share information with the police, setting a template for new forms of automated social control that could persist long after the epidemic subsides.

Source: In Coronavirus Fight, China Gives Citizens a Color Code, With Red Flags – The New York Times

Facial recognition fails in China as people wear masks to avoid coronavirus

Face ID fails users as the China coronavirus outbreak sparks widespread adoption of surgical masks.

For hundreds of millions of people in China, the spread of the new coronavirus has caused abrupt changes to the smallest of habits — even a gesture that most in the country are used to by now: Looking into the camera for facial recognition.

Residents donning surgical face masks while venturing outside their homes or meeting strangers have found themselves in an unfamiliar conundrum. With their faces half-covered, some are unable to unlock their phones or use mobile payments with their faces.

Source: Facial recognition fails in China as people wear masks to avoid coronavirus – Face ID fails users as the China coronavirus outbreak sparks widespread adoption of surgical masks | Abacus

In China’s digital courts, judges are AI and verdicts come via chat app

Artificial-intelligence judges, cybercourts and verdicts delivered on chat apps — welcome to China’s brave new world of justice.

China’s digitalisation efforts include a “mobile court” offered on popular social media platform WeChat that has already handled more than 3 million legal cases or other judicial procedures since its launch in March, according to the Supreme People’s Court.

Source: In brave new world of China’s digital courts, judges are AI and verdicts come via chat app | The Japan Times

TikTok found secretly transferring user data to China

According to a lawsuit file by a college student TikTok has been secretly transferring user data to China without gaining consent.

The class-action lawsuit filed in California, accuses TikTok of secretly harvesting large amounts of personally identifiable user data and sending it to China. In addition, the lawsuit accuses TikTok and its parent company ByteDance, of taking user content without their consent.

Source: #Privacy: TikTok found secretly transferring user data to China – PrivSec Report

China Uses DNA to Map Faces, With Help From the West

Beijing’s pursuit of control over a Muslim ethnic group pushes the rules of science and raises questions about consent.

The technology, which is also being developed in the United States and elsewhere, is in the early stages of development and can produce rough pictures good enough only to narrow a manhunt or perhaps eliminate suspects. But in the long term it may even be possible for the government to feed images produced from a DNA sample into the mass surveillance and facial recognition systems that it is building, tightening its grip on society by improving its ability to track dissidents and protesters as well as criminals.

Source: China Uses DNA to Map Faces, With Help From the West – The New York Times

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