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China looking to obtain global certification for system to monitor people’s behavior 

Saturday’s Yomiuri front-paged a finding that the Chinese government has proposed making its IT-based urban development model using big data to monitor citizens an international standard. The idea, which was put forward in April to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), is reportedly based on its successful experience in reining in the coronavirus outbreak by monitoring citizens’ activities. The Chinese government reportedly submitted the urban development model as a framework for city administration using big data to control infectious diseases. According to the paper, the GOJ is concerned that the proposed Chinese model, which tracks and monitors individual behavior, may be adopted because it could lead to excessive collection and monitoring of personal information and hence could violate people’s privacy. Tokyo reportedly plans to oppose holding an ISO vote on the Chinese proposal.   

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