Something even scarier than New Zealand’s digital strip search, China of course

While I was none to pleased to read about New Zealand and it’s data policies, dang the Chinese outdo them by huge margins. China is working on a “social score”, which is going to be a ranking of how loyal/good you are according to the ruling party of China.

Surveillance cameras will be equipped with facial recognition, body scanning and geo-tracking to cast a constant gaze over every citizen.

Smartphone apps will also be used to collect data and monitor online behaviour on a day-to-day basis.

Then, big data from more traditional sources like government records, including educational and medical, state security assessments and financial records, will be fed into individual scores.

I guess I’m not going to China, though I don’t assume that something like this couldn’t happen in Canada if we aren’t watching our political leaders. Another reason to stay involved in the political process everywhere you are.