- A leaked database that Ekot has read is said to show how China conducts surveillance in the multimillion-dollar city of Shanghai, including through face recognition.
- The police register sorts people by ethnic group and a large part of those monitored are classified as Muslim Uighurs.
- The database also contains information on about thirty Swedish citizens and their stays in Shanghai.
Of the ten thousand people in the leaked database, more than seven thousand are Uighurs, and they are flagged for having links to terrorism.
– The most common reason to end up on the Chinese state’s watch lists is to be ugly, says David Robinson, one of the founders of the security company Internet 2.0, which has come across the database.
The leak from Shanghai provides a limited but detailed picture of how the Chinese state monitors those in the country.
Data from face-to-face surveillance cameras, border controls and the police are involved and contribute to a comprehensive survey of people moving in China’s financial capital.
The echo has taken part of the information in the database from Shanghai, which also contains information about about thirty Swedish citizens and their stays in the city in 2018 and 2020.
Internet 2.0 is an Australian security company that sells services to protect technology users against, for example, intrusion.
The company states that it was a tipper who heard about the database, which should have been open online.
International human rights organizations estimate that one million Uighurs may have been placed in retraining camps, as part of what the Chinese authorities call counter-terrorism measures.
Ekot has applied Shanghai Police.
Source: ICELAND NEWS