China’s Mobile Network: A Big Brother Surveillance Tool?
China Mobile’s head honcho shivers through the crowd at the World Economic Forum in Davos by admitting the company hands personal data on subscribers over to the government. AFP takes the opportunity to delve into the topic of Chinese government spying on its own citizenry. Via Spacewars.com:
“We know who you are, but also where you are,” said the CEO of China Mobile Communications Corporation, Wang Jianzhou, whose company adds six million new customers to its network each month and is already the biggest mobile group in the world by users.
He was explaining how the company could use the personal data of its customers to sell advertising and services to them based on knowledge of where they were and what they were doing. [Full Text]
See also: Shock, horror: “Beijing can spy on your cell phone,” in which Angry Chinese Blogger ponders the legitimacy of Western government leaders expressing outrage at Chinese government cell phone eavesdropping.