During the epidemic, every residential community, grocery store, and office building across the country has become a data collector, ordered to track the information of every person that entered or left to allow for swift ‘close-contact’ tracing, a key measure to contain the spread of COVID-19. With the epidemic appearing to be in its closing stage, questions are being asked: What will become of this data? Who will be responsible if a citizen’s personal information is leaked due to lax data privacy practices? Some citizens are already feeling the implications as phone scams are one on the rise again.

TechNode's weekly translation column brings members a look at the conversation about tech in Chinese. This week, Dev Lewis looks at concerns about data privacy as the state collects information about people's movements to control the virus. TechNode has not independently verified the claims in this article.

Journalist: Jianglin

Start your free trial now.

Get instant access to all our premium content, archives, newsletters, and online community.

Important: Starting from June 8, 2020, our membership offers will be adjusted to $19 for our monthly membership and $149 for our yearly membership. Become a member now to enjoy our current offer!

Monthly Membership

Yearly Membership

What you get

Full access to all premium content and our full archives

Members'-only newsletters

Preferential access and discounts to all TechNode events

Direct access to the TechNode newsroom

Start your free trial now.

Get instant access to all our premium content, archives, newsletters, and online community.

Important: Starting from June 8, 2020, our membership offers will be adjusted to $19 for our monthly membership and $149 for our yearly membership. Become a member now to enjoy our current offer!

Monthly Membership

Yearly Membership

Dev is a Fellow and Program Lead at Digital Asia Hub, as well as a Yenching Scholar at Peking University. His interests lie at the intersection of technology, politics, and policy, especially in Asia, and...