To determine whether they pose a risk of spreading the coronavirus, Chinese citizens are being required to use smartphone software that appears to share their personal data with police, The New York Times reports. Through the system, citizens are assigned a colored QR code that indicates their health status. When a user grants access to their personal data, a piece of the software labeled “reportInfoAndLocationToPolice” sends their location, city name and identifying code number to a server. Each time their code is scanned, information is sent to the system’s servers.
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