China wants to build a massive database to socially rank its citizens https://t.co/A0qxkHOcES pic.twitter.com/NOwZYKB41H— BI Video (@BI_Video) October 26, 2016
IBTimes: Government Surveillance: China's Social Credit' Plan Will Rank 1.3 Billion Citizens By Good Behavior
China is preparing to implement a social credit system to rank its residents by good behavior, according to a high-level policy document released Sept. 25. The system would award points and bestow punishments depending on a wealth of personal information including online, financial, and legal data, the Washington Post reported Saturday.
The system emphasizes “trust breaking.” “If trust is broken in one place, restrictions are imposed everywhere,” the document states. That means that by racking up too many infractions, anything from minor traffic violations to late bill payment, a Chinese citizen wouldn’t be allowed luxuries like flying first class or staying in expensive hotels. The document emphasized information sharing and joint punishment in order to implement the system.
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WNU Editor: I understand why they want to put together a data base that monitors a person's credit history. But political behaviour .... it does not take a great deal of imagination to know that this is going to be abused.