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Daily Dashboard | ZTE reportedly hired to help Venezuela develop smart-card ID Related reading: Therrien says 'uncertainty' clouds Canadian privacy, urges thoughtful reform


Reuters reports that Chinese telecom company ZTE has helped Venezuela build a system to monitor behavior through a new smart-card identification called “carnet de la patria,” or “fatherland card.” According to contracts reviewed by Reuters, ZTE was hired last year as part of a $70 million contract to support “national security” projects, and those familiar with the matter confirmed ZTE employees are now embedded in the country’s state telecommunications company Cantv. Some have raised concerns that the card will be used to monitor and discriminate against certain citizens. Calling it an essential building block, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has urged citizens to sign up for the new card, and government reports show that more than half the state has already adopted the system.
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