privacy

Netizens Decry The Display Of Their IP Addresses

Several of China’s largest social media companies including Weibo, Douyin, Toutiao, Zhihu, Kuaishou, and Xiaohongshu have announced that they will display users’ IP addresses. The measure, which will affect the majority of...

Translation: Enough With Your Eavesdropping, WeChat

Earlier this month NetEase user @YouyouXishuoDianying wrote an essay expressing concern over personal privacy in the age of big data. The essay outlines an experience with targeted corporate advertisement on WeChat, and joins...

Draft Data Security Law Draws Broad Concerns

Chinese leaders are expected to vote on a Data Security Law early next year. Last month at The Diplomat, Marcel Green wrote about the broad intentions and implications of the draft law for Chinese citizens: […] While the Chinese...

ASPI: Inside China’s Nationwide DNA Collection Program

In 2017, experts began to warn that controversial DNA collection campaigns resembling ones targeting ethnic minorities in sensitive regions like Xinjiang and Tibet could be expected nationwide as Beijing expanded its use of...

TikTok Boosts U.S. Lobbying Amid New Censorship Claims

Short video-sharing platform TikTok has been enjoying explosive growth in its mostly young international audience. It has been described in The Washington Post as “the first Chinese app to truly pierce the global Internet...

New Mobile Accounts to Require Facial Recognition Test

At Quartz, Jane Li reports on a statement released late last month by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, that anyone applying for a new mobile and data service plan will need to have their faces scanned by...

Sharper Eyes: Shandong to Xinjiang (Part 3)

This is the third part of CDT’s Sharper Eyes series. See also “Surveilling the Surveillers (Part 1)” and “Sharp Eyes Project Map (Part 2).”  In previous posts, CDT introduced the background of the...

Sharper Eyes: Sharp Eyes Project Map (Part 2)

CDT would like to present an interactive map as part of our series on China’s “Sharp Eyes” rural surveillance program. This map, a work in progress that will be updated in the coming months, displays the sites...

Sharper Eyes: Surveilling the Surveillers (Part 1)

“The people have sharp eyes.” (“群众的眼睛是雪亮的.”) This Communist Party slogan was heavily used during the Cultural Revolution, an era in which citizens were incentivized to spy on and even falsely accuse family and neighbors of being...

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