The New York Times reports public surveillance by Chinese law enforcement is on the rise and stirring privacy concerns. Police and private databases show authorities are combining older and modern-day surveillance technologies to monitor and identify citizens nationwide. Phone scanners, facial-recognition technology, and face and fingerprint databases are among the tools being deployed. "Each person’s data forms a trail," Shenzhen-based tech worker Agnes Ouyang said. "It can be used by the government and it can be used by bosses at the big companies to track us. Our lives are worth about as much as dirt." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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