High Tech People Tracking

China is not satisfied with the ways they already track people, so now they are going high-tech with the help of the United States in tracking people. The residents will be getting new residency cards fiited with chips that contain:

“Data on the chip will include not just the citizen’s name and address but also work history, educational background, religion, ethnicity, police record, medical insurance status and landlord’s phone number. Even personal reproductive history will be included, for enforcement of China’s controversial “one child” policy. Plans are being studied to add credit histories, subway travel payments and small purchases
charged to the card.”

I have written previously about their one child policy here.

This is described as the largest effort to track a population. All large cities must give these cards to their non-permanent residents.

Of course this violates civil rights, but as long as it “increases security”, whatever that means, who cares?

Notice that both the money and technology for this came from the U.S.A.:

“Incorporated in Florida, China Public Security has raised much of the money to develop its technology from two investment funds in Plano, Tex., Pinnacle Fund and Pinnacle China Fund. Three investment banks — Roth Capital Partners in Newport Beach, Calif.; Oppenheimer & Company in New York; and First Asia Finance Group of Hong Kong — helped raise the money.”

Not to mention the “very good relationship” China Public Security has with I.B.M., Cisco, H.P., and Dell. All these companies helped China put their system together. Gives one the heebie-jeebies, doesn’t it?

China Public Security says that their programs were developed in China, by them. Since all those companies are worldwide, they could still hav ehelped with the programs, and/or sent people to help so saying that the program was developed by China Public Security does not mean they did not have help from these other companies.

This also means that the U.S. has this technology and can require it for their citizens in the not too distant future.

The article goes on to state that the almost 2 million permanent residents won’t receive these cards (yet) since the government already has extensive files on them. Then it goes on to say that nationwide this city has a reputation for murders and other crime. Hmmm…so the extenisve files on everyone are not making this city more secure, since not all those crimes were committed by the migrants.

It’s not about security, it’s about control-something we would do well to remember when our government wants us to have these kinds of chips.

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