Surveillance in the People’s Paradise: Update on Henan Province

In Chinese province targets journalists and students in planned surveillance system, based at least partly on a Reuters’ new item, we learn that China’s Henan Province has commissioned a state-of-the-art surveillance system:

A 29 July tender document published on the Henan provincial government’s procurement website details plans for a system that can compile individual files on such persons of interest coming to Henan using 3,000 facial recognition cameras that connect to various national and regional databases.

. . . Security officials in one of China’s largest provinces have commissioned a surveillance system they say they want to use to track journalists and international students among other “suspicious people”, documents reviewed by Reuters showed.

. . . Warnings will be set off if a journalist while in Henan registers at a hotel, buys a ticket or crosses the provincial border, according to the tender.

“Suspicious persons must be tailed and controlled, dynamic research analyses and risk assessments made, and the journalists dealt with according to their category,” the tender reads.

Click here to read the full Guardian article. 

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