Chinese telecommunication giant Huawei was broadly criticized on its home turf over the weekend following reports about a customized smartphone with applications designed to monitor students offered to parents at a local high school.

According to reports from Chinese media, two customized Huawei smartphones featuring a “student management system” were introduced to parents during a meeting held Saturday at Liuzhou High School located in China’s southwestern Guangxi province.

One of them, a customized Huawei Nova 4, featured “time and content management functions,” (our translation) enabling visibility on the amount of time students spend on their phones and allowing for school authorities to lock the phone. The surveillance system was reportedly designed by a Huawei research arm based in central Chinese city of Wuhan.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen