Date
23 May 2017
China is stepping up security surveillance in public facilities as part of a widening campaign against terrorism. Photo: Reuters
China is stepping up security surveillance in public facilities as part of a widening campaign against terrorism. Photo: Reuters

China building anti-terror national database

China is building a national database of personal information, credit history, travel records and other statistics as part of a widening campaign against terrorism.

The initiative is being led by public security officials who will be in charge of monitoring data, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday, citing a circular from the Communist Party and the State Council.

Certain key sectors such as hotels, second-hand goods trading, motor refitting and recreation services will come under closer scrutiny, requiring real-name registration.

Security will be beefed up in buses, subways, railway stations, airports, ports and other transport-related services against potential terrorist attacks.

The document calls for building a grassroots security network using advanced technology such as security cameras, satellite positioning systems and data mining.

The network will cover key public infrastructure including schools, hospitals, financial institutions and commercial establishments, the report said.

Party cadres will be monitored to gauge their compliance with the new measures and their work will be part of their performance evaluation.

Netizens criticized the measures, saying these will turn the country into a prison.

A real estate businessman who identified himself as Ren Zhiqiang said in a microblog post that the national database should instead be used to force officials to disclose their assets.

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