China introduces mandatory car RFID chips for surveillance of its citizens
Edition The Wall Street Journal reports that since July 1 of this year in China, the program to equip ground transportation with RFID chips begins. They will be recorded brand of the car, its model, color and number, but not belonging to a specific owner. This, it is supposed, will help to circumvent the formal restrictions on surveillance of people, although the new instrument is intended just for such purposes.
According to journalists, the installation of RFID-tags on the windshield of cars will become mandatory for all Chinese citizens from 2019. This is a large-scale and costly task, as in this country 30 million new cars are sold annually. The publication does not specify who will be charged with the costs of implementing the program, whether they will only concern new vehicles or all machines in a row, who and how will monitor the implementation of the plan, etc.
Officially, the installation of RFID chips is explained by the need to monitor the movement of malicious traffic offenders to improve road safety. Another system will allow you to predict the appearance of traffic jams in advance and to manipulate traffic. In fact, almost all experts are sure that the Chinese authorities are introducing another tool to monitor their population – who, where and how they go.
You can criticize the initiatives of the Chinese authorities or approve, but the fact is – the system of control over people in this country are being introduced faster than everyone on the planet. Of the recent examples, the “Sharp Eyes” platform, which combines street camera systems with AI to recognize faces and search for specific people, can be cited. Its creators say that they can calculate the tax evader among the 50,000-strong crowd in the stadium and immediately bring his face to the giant screen to publicly shame.