In an attempt to monitor phones, China has foreigners crossing its borders and into the Xinjiang region, install a malware.
This malware downloads messages, calendar entries and phone logs. Not only is it a massive breach of privacy but an encroachment on basic human rights.
- The Android malware app is installed by a border guard who physically seizes the phone.
- The set of files include, Islamic extremist content, but Islamic anything; be it academic books on Islam and innocuous Islamic material.
- Turkic Muslims are already subjected to round the clock surveillance; including facial recognition and CCTV cameras.
- The Android app does not hide itself and contains the malware.
Delving into the draconian kind of monitoring
This is yet another example of why the surveillance regime in Xinjiang is one of the most unlawful, pervasive, and draconian in the world,”Edin Omanovic, state surveillance programme lead at Privacy International
Edin also says that most of the files we delete can still be found on the device. This certainly does not bode well for the people living in Xinjiang region where people can land in a detention camp for playing the wrong song.