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China Reportedly Forcing Tourists to Install Surveillance App on Phones

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China Reportedly Forcing Tourists to Install Surveillance App on Phones

China Reportedly Forcing Tourists to Install Surveillance App on Phones

China Reportedly Forcing Tourists to Install Surveillance App on Phones Multiple reports have found that tourists crossing certain borders in China are having their data forcibly seized by authorities.

Chinese border guards are installing malware on tourist’s phones that collects calendar entries, phone contacts, call logs and text messages.

The malware is not hidden, but rather appears on the user’s home screen as a standard application icon.

According to a Maya Wang, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, this application is an example of “pervasive mass surveillance.” Maya Wang, via 'Vice' Authorities are believed to be looking for files that contain Islamic extremist content or Islamic material in general.

The increased surveillance is reportedly tied to a current campaign against the Muslim population in the Xinjiang region of China.

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