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posted by mrpg on Thursday December 14 2017, @02:15AM   Printer-friendly
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Human Rights Watch has issued a report about DNA collection in Xinjiang province in China:

Chinese police have started gathering blood types, DNA samples, fingerprints and iris scans from millions of people in its Muslim-majority Xinjiang province to build a massive citizen database, according to report by activist group Human Rights Watch.

The report, published Wednesday, said officials are collecting the data from citizens between the ages of 12 and 65 years old using a variety of methods. Authorities are gathering DNA and blood types through free medical checkups, and HRW said it was unclear if patients were aware that their biometric data was being collected for the police during these physical exams.

According to the report, citizens authorities have flagged as a potential threat to the regime, and their families—named "focus personnel"—are forced to hand over their DNA regardless of age.

So far, 18.8 million citizens have participated in the medical checkups, called "Physicals for All" by the government, according to an article by a state news agency Xinhua on November 1.

Previously: Massive DNA Collection Campaign in Xinjiang, China


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Chinese police are amassing a huge amount of genetic information in Xinjiang:

Police in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, China, have been collecting DNA samples from citizens and are now ramping up their capacity to analyse that genetic cache, according to evidence compiled by activists and details gathered by Nature. The advocacy group Human Rights Watch reported last month that Xinjiang authorities intend to accelerate efforts to gather blood samples from the region's large population of Muslim Uighur people. China's government has cracked down on Xinjiang's separatist movement in recent years, so the prospect of a DNA database there has stoked fears that authorities could use it as a political weapon.

[...] In its report, the organization said that Xinjiang's police had ordered 12 DNA sequencers. Nature has confirmed the order and learned, from documents and interviews with those involved in the transaction, that the police have purchased enough machines to process up to 2,000 DNA samples per day. The police department hung up when Nature rang to ask about the reason for the purchase.

[...] Many countries use DNA fingerprinting to solve crimes, reunite kidnapped children with their parents and identify bodies, and some researchers say that the boost in Xinjiang's DNA-analysis capacity does not, by itself, stand out. "Expansion of police surveillance is expected by any civilized nation," says Sara Katsanis, who researches the applications of genetic testing at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Still, Katsanis and others worry about how DNA is being collected in China and especially in Xinjiang. Last year, Human Rights Watch reported that citizens in Xinjiang were required to give a blood sample to get a passport. And in March, Chinese state media detailed the conclusion of a 4-month programme during which 17.5 million people — who were predominantly Uighurs — were given health checks, including blood tests. Last week, reports emerged that many of the people who underwent these examinations had been forced to do so.

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China Bans Islam-Related Names in Xinjiang


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China Installs Surveillance App on Smartphones of Visitors to Xinjiang Region 19 comments

China Snares Tourists' Phones in Surveillance Dragnet by Adding Secret App

China has turned its western region of Xinjiang into a police state with few modern parallels, employing a combination of high-tech surveillance and enormous manpower to monitor and subdue the area's predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities. Now, the digital dragnet is expanding beyond Xinjiang's residents, ensnaring tourists, traders and other visitors — and digging deep into their smartphones.

A team of journalists from The New York Times and other publications examined a policing app used in the region, getting a rare look inside the intrusive technologies that China is deploying in the name of quelling Islamic radicalism and strengthening Communist Party rule in its Far West. The use of the app has not been previously reported.

China's border authorities routinely install the app on smartphones belonging to travelers who enter Xinjiang by land from Central Asia, according to several people interviewed by the journalists who crossed the border recently and requested anonymity to avoid government retaliation. Chinese officials also installed the app on the phone of one of the journalists during a recent border crossing. Visitors were required to turn over their devices to be allowed into Xinjiang. The app gathers personal data from phones, including text messages and contacts. It also checks whether devices are carrying pictures, videos, documents and audio files that match any of more than 73,000 items included on a list stored within the app's code.

Notepad++ Inundated by Chinese Comments and Hit by DDoS Attack After "Free Uyghur Edition" 28 comments

Just take a look at the carnage on Notepad++'s GitHub: 'Free Uyghur' release sparks spam tsunami by pro-Chinese

On Tuesday, Don HO, the developer of Notepad++, a free GPL source code editor and notepad application for Microsoft Windows, released version 7.8.1, prompting a social media firestorm and a distributed denial of service attack. Notepad++ v7.8.1 was designated "the Free Uyghur edition," in reference to the predominantly Muslim ethnic group in western China that faces ongoing human rights violations and persecution at the hands of Beijing.

"The site notepad-plus-plus.org has suffered DDoS attack from 1230 to 1330 Paris time," HO said in an email to The Register. "I saw the [reduced] amount of visitors via Google analytics then the support of my host confirmed the attack. The DDoS attack has been stopped by an anti-DDoS service provided by our host [Cloudflare]."

[...] For expressing that sentiment, the project's website was DDoSed and its GitHub code repository has been flooded with angry comments in the Issues section – intended for people to report bugs or offer suggestions.

HO said Notepad++'s Tiananmen Square release didn't really attract much attention. The Charlie Hebdo release, however, got his site hacked. "The reaction of this time is more like 'Boycott Beijing 2008 OG' on the Notepad++ website, while Notepad++ was on SourceForge," he said, noting that SourceForge forum was similarly flooded by Chinese spammers in 2008.

Also at The Verge.

Related: China Forces its Muslim Minority to Install Spyware on Their Phones
Massive DNA Collection Campaign Continues in Xinjiang, China
China Installs Surveillance App on Smartphones of Visitors to Xinjiang Region
Apple Lashes Out After Google Reveals iPhone/iOS Vulnerabilities


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U.S. Places Sanctions on DJI and Biotech Groups for Mass Surveilance of Uyghurs in Xinjiang 29 comments

U.S. Cracks Down on Firms Said to Aid China's Repression of Minorities

The Biden administration said on Thursday that it would put limits on doing business with a group of Chinese companies and institutions it says are involved in misusing biotechnology to surveil and repress Muslim minorities in China and advancing Beijing's military programs.

In announcing one set of the moves, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said China was employing biotechnology and medical innovation "to pursue control over its people and its repression of members of ethnic and religious minority groups."

The administration said those efforts included the use of biometric facial recognition and large-scale genetic testing of residents 12 to 65 in the mostly Muslim region of Xinjiang.

China has used such technology to track and control the Uyghurs, a predominately Muslim ethnic group.

[...] In its announcement on Thursday, the Biden administration said Beijing was using advances in biotechnology to drive forward its military modernization. A senior administration official called out China's work to edit human genes for performance enhancement and create ways for human brains to connect more directly to machines.

Also caught in the crosshairs is the drone company DJI, for providing drones used by the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau to surveil Uyghurs, Megvii, which makes artificial intelligence and facial recognition software, and Dawning Information Industry (also known as Sugon), a manufacturer of supercomputers and provider of cloud-computing services.

See also: Disney under fire for 'Mulan' credits that thank Chinese groups linked to detention camps

Previously: Massive DNA Collection Campaign in Xinjiang, China
Massive DNA Collection Campaign Continues in Xinjiang, China
China Installs Surveillance App on Smartphones of Visitors to Xinjiang Region
DNA Databases in the U.S. and China are Tools of Racial Oppression
The Panopticon is Already Here: China's Use of "Artificial Intelligence"


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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Runaway1956 on Thursday December 14 2017, @02:34AM (13 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 14 2017, @02:34AM (#609558) Homepage Journal

    China has the cure for Islam, and they're busy ensuring everyone is cured. What's not to like? Imagine . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SdT5T3c_3A [youtube.com]

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    • (Score: 2, Funny) by Ethanol-fueled on Thursday December 14 2017, @03:22AM (12 children)

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Thursday December 14 2017, @03:22AM (#609569) Homepage

      Well, i'm rather conflicted on this: Uyghurs are more White than mainland Chinese.

      Well, fuck it. Subscribe to dumb beliefs, die by them. And by "dumb" I mean "Islam."

      • (Score: 2) by KiloByte on Thursday December 14 2017, @04:32AM (2 children)

        by KiloByte (375) on Thursday December 14 2017, @04:32AM (#609587)

        You could have said this without the racist remark.

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        • (Score: 3, Informative) by Azuma Hazuki on Thursday December 14 2017, @05:03AM

          by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Thursday December 14 2017, @05:03AM (#609594) Journal

          No he couldn't. This is Eth we're talking about. Eth, the living, breathing, walking (or, to be fair, tottering) poster child for why a dealer is *not* supposed to get high on his own supply. Eth has long since stopped being an amusing troll and is now down in the same circle of Hell as J-Mo and for many of the same reasons.

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        • (Score: 2) by SanityCheck on Thursday December 14 2017, @05:32PM

          by SanityCheck (5190) on Thursday December 14 2017, @05:32PM (#609769)

          PC culture has turned me into a raging racist as well. When you turn everything to revolve around race, you get exactly this.

      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by MostCynical on Thursday December 14 2017, @05:23AM (4 children)

        by MostCynical (2589) on Thursday December 14 2017, @05:23AM (#609598) Journal

        why pick on just one magic sky fairy?
        aren't they all as bad as each other (over, say, the last 1500 years)?

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        • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @09:59AM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @09:59AM (#609635)

          The Crusades only happened because muslims were being abusive to christians. Lots of christian violence is a reaction to muslim violence.

          Christians do not have a requirement to continuously invade other lands and do violence to non-belivers. Muslims do have such a requirement.

          Muhammed is considered the perfect man. He had slaves, he married a 6-year-old and placed his penis between her thighs, he had sex with that girl at age 9, he was a common highway bandit, he murdered... these are not the traits of Jesus.

          Your time frame is also silly. Recent decades are far more relevant.

          • (Score: 3, Touché) by Phoenix666 on Thursday December 14 2017, @05:18PM

            by Phoenix666 (552) on Thursday December 14 2017, @05:18PM (#609765) Journal

            "They started it?"

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        • (Score: 3, Interesting) by unauthorized on Thursday December 14 2017, @10:35AM (1 child)

          by unauthorized (3776) on Thursday December 14 2017, @10:35AM (#609644)

          No. The Aztec sky fairies demand that I invade your home, drag out your children, bring them to an altar and slit their throats to appease them so that they won't destroy the world. This is objectively worse even than Islam whose sky fairy merely demands that I enslave non-believers.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @04:57PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @04:57PM (#609757)

            Enslave or kill...

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @06:15AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @06:15AM (#609607)

        When the chinese purge is finished on ethnic grounds, all we will have left are mostly Han, and we won't have to feel TOO bad about knocking that 2 billion down to 300 million or less.

        Just remember to start with the top 1 percent this time, and not the bottom 15 percent like they did during Mao's era.

      • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Thursday December 14 2017, @10:54AM (1 child)

        by Phoenix666 (552) on Thursday December 14 2017, @10:54AM (#609648) Journal

        Dude, you have not thought this thing through. Islam lets you have a harem. A harem.

        Not so dumb after all, eh?

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      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Thursday December 14 2017, @06:26PM

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 14 2017, @06:26PM (#609792) Homepage Journal

        Curious. Why you capitalize "white"? It's just a color. And, very very few people are "white" anyway. I'm sure as hell not. I've met a few who are very white - places like Denmark - but if you did a spectrum scan on their asses, they probably aren't white either. Some strange flavor of off-white maybe. Think you're white? Go get a good quality white shirt, and lay it against your skin. Nope, you ain't white. Some washed out tint of red, or pink most likely. Me, I have some pigment in my skin, so I don't look pink, or blue, or whatever color blood might show through. Wonder what Google might offer on the subject of "flesh color" - fuck Crayola they call it "peach" now, I think.

        http://www.dictionary.com/browse/flesh-color [dictionary.com]

        Usage alert
        While flesh color originally meant the skin tone of white people, that meaning has been criticized as exclusionary and is now considered offensive. In fact, the term is no longer commonly used without qualifying it with a specific hue, such as tan flesh color, peach flesh color, or black flesh color. The word nude has historically been used to describe a similar hue approximating a white person's skin color and has been criticized for the same reason.
        noun
        1.
        (no longer in common use; now considered offensive) a yellowish pink or pinkish cream color (approximating the skin color of a white person).
        2.
        a color that falls within the spectrum of human skin colors.
        Origin of flesh color
        1605-1615
        First recorded in 1605-15; def. 1 from approximating the color of a white person's skin
        ______________

        Since I'm not politically correct, I'm not to worried about all the SJW shit associated with the color. Let's see what else Google can dredge up . . . yeah, this is a better page: https://www2.palomar.edu/anthro/adapt/adapt_4.htm [palomar.edu]

        Human skin color is quite variable around the world. It ranges from a very dark brown among some Africans, Australian Aborigines, and Melanesians click this icon to hear the preceding term pronounced to a near yellowish pink among some Northern Europeans. There are no people who actually have true black, white, red, or yellow skin. These are commonly used color terms that do not reflect biological reality.

        Skin color is due primarily to the presence of a pigment called melanin click this icon to hear the preceding term pronounced, which is controlled by at least 6 genes. Both light and dark complexioned people have melanin. However, two forms are produced--pheomelanin click this icon to hear the preceding term pronounced, which is red to yellow in color, and eumelanin click this icon to hear the preceding term pronounced, which is dark brown to black. People with light complexioned skin mostly produce pheomelanin, while those with dark colored skin mostly produce eumelanin. In addition, individuals differ in the number and size of melanin particles. The latter two variables are more important in determining skin color than the percentages of the different kinds of melanin. In lighter skin, color is also affected by red cells in blood flowing close to the skin. To a lesser extent, the color is affected by the presence of fat under the skin and carotene click this icon to hear the preceding term pronounced, a reddish-orange pigment in the skin. Hair color is also due to the presence of melanin.

        Melanin is normally located in the epidermis click this icon to hear the preceding term pronounced, or outer skin layer. It is produced at the base of the epidermis by specialized cells called melanocytes click this icon to hear the preceding term pronounced. These cells have photosensitive receptors, similar to those in the eye, that detect ultraviolet click this icon to hear the preceding term pronounced radiation from the sun and other sources. In response, they produce melanin within a few hours of exposure.

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        Hell, man, I'm part color blind, and even I can see that I'm not "white". If I weren't color blind, I might even tell you what color I am. But, ya know what? I never CARED enough to even ask anyone precisely what color I am. I guess I could take a photo of my arm, and play around with something like Gimp, and find out exactly what color it is - but if I move the camera a little bit, I'll probably find another color. But, what DIFFERENCE does it make? Does less pigment magically increase my IQ by ten points? Does more pigment make me stronger? Hell no - it's just a color. Or, colors, in my case. My extremely pale scar tissues have given me some wisdom - hmmmm - maybe there IS something to that higher IQ bullshit?

        Anyway - fuck all you "white" people. Your constant refrains that white is somehow good gets pretty tiresome. And, your ain't even white!!

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @04:24AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @04:24AM (#609581)

    China is your guy, not the US. Go after them ChiComs, the TRUE INFIDEL (TM).

    • (Score: 2) by unauthorized on Thursday December 14 2017, @10:44AM

      by unauthorized (3776) on Thursday December 14 2017, @10:44AM (#609645)

      I hate to break it to you, but the attacks against the US are symbolic in nature. The Islamists are wrongfully labelled terrorists - certainly they are violent extremists, but their goal is not to instill fear, rather it is the expression of malicious hatred [clarionproject.org] that drives them.

  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Thursday December 14 2017, @05:39AM (6 children)

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 14 2017, @05:39AM (#609602) Journal

    I wonder what they think they will gain from this level of detail in their data collection.

    Are they planning to start hostaging the families to control the likely combatants?
    Tracing malcontents through families?

    As a preventative measure this would only work if the subjects knew what dna was or at least understood that the authorities were mapping their families.

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    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Thursday December 14 2017, @07:23AM (4 children)

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 14 2017, @07:23AM (#609616) Homepage Journal

      Uhhhh, yes. If a family has two or three malcontents, they may presume that there are more, and go after them. Doesn't matter whether you call it genetic, or nurturing, or education - they can do it. Hostage the families? Yes, again. Each individual has his priorities. Some will do what they see as "the will of god" regardless how many hostages the government holds. Others put family first, and will avoid angering the government. This is China, after all, not some western nation. China has a long history of either defeating or absorbing enemies. In this instance, I suspect defeat is far preferable to absorption. But, I'm not Chinese, and certainly not part of their inner party, so what do I know?

      Also - China, unlike the US or most other western nations, doesn't plan ahead a mere few months, or few years. They have a long range plan. I expect that they will probably realize their plan, whether it takes a couple decades, or a century or more. China will eventually be homogenous, or nearly so, racially and religiously. Politically - maybe not. We may expect to see an upheaval in the party, but I'm not even guessing how long that might take.

      Human rights, you say? ROFLMAO - you want sky fairies too? Pink ponies and unicorns? Some of that infamous rainbow pie? This is CHINA, not some decadent western nation!

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @10:06AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @10:06AM (#609637)

        China sees a problem and deals with it. They do what is required.

        Meanwhile, we have unruly muslims planning to riot in DC this Saturday. CAIR, linked to terrorist groups, is helping to organize it. Why must we stupidly allow this shit? We should bury the participants in pig waste retention ponds.

        We have lost our will to fight for our survival.

      • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Thursday December 14 2017, @11:25AM (2 children)

        by Phoenix666 (552) on Thursday December 14 2017, @11:25AM (#609650) Journal

        China will eventually be homogenous, or nearly so, racially and religiously. Politically - maybe not. We may expect to see an upheaval in the party, but I'm not even guessing how long that might take.

        China is pretty darn homogenous already. 92% of the population is Han Chinese, with the difference being a mix of Tibetans, Mongolians, Uighurs, and a baker's dozen of tiny hill tribes. Nearly all of the non-Han population is far away, very spread out, in land nobody wants to farm, and where nobody wants to be, in Inner Mongolia, Qinghai (a province so miserable the only ones who are there are the ones who have no choice--in the Chinese gulags), Tibet, and the mountainous southwest near the border with Burma, Laos, and Vietnam. Go to any of the Chinese cities you can think of, Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian, Suzhou, Xian, etc. and seeing anyone who's not Han would be rarer than seeing a black person in North Dakota.

        In other words, conquering diversity is not their problem, as far as the country as a whole is concerned. It is a slight problem, a very slight problem, as far as their buffer states of Tibet, Qinghai, Xinjiang, and Inner Mongolia are concerned, because as incredibly outnumbered the minorities are nationally, they are local majorities in those areas (with the exception of Inner Mongolia, I believe, where the ethnic Mongolians are outnumbered by Han already). Beijing has tried to import Han to colonize and outnumber the locals to quell any fantasies they might have of independence, but as mentioned above those places are so miserable that even Han living 20 people to a studio apartment in Chongqing don't want to live there.

        Also - China, unlike the US or most other western nations, doesn't plan ahead a mere few months, or few years. They have a long range plan. I expect that they will probably realize their plan, whether it takes a couple decades, or a century or more.

        5 years. That's how far ahead they plan. The Party comes up with a 5-yr plan when they meet. Do we plan ahead less far? Let's see, we built an interstate highway system that has served us for 70-80 years. We built dams all across the country that have powered large regions since the 30's. We built an Internet that is going on 40 years now helping information flow around the country and world.

        I do think that coping with China is the main, the absolute central geopolitical challenge of this and perhaps next century. However, let's temper our rush to build them up into scary supermen who see all, know all, and can do all. Theirs is a very fractious society with little margin for error. As much as we're suffering partisan break-down in America, they have about 15 similar divides to our 1 to manage.

        China as a nation also has no friends. Nobody likes them and will go to war to fight with them if they're attacked. A couple years ago certain figures in the foreign policy club were hyperventilating about BRICs, but they look quite foolish now. Brazil is in full meltdown mode. Russia is playing its own game and knows full well China wants to be friends with it as much as a wolf wants to be friends with sheep. India is behind China on the modernization curve, but it is nearly as populous and has fought a couple wars with China in recent memory; they are rivals, not friends. As much as America has misbehaved and been a bad friend in recent years, it still has many friends who will fight for it and to whose defense it will come.

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        • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Thursday December 14 2017, @02:35PM

          by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 14 2017, @02:35PM (#609688) Homepage Journal

          Do we plan ahead less far?

          The examples you offer were in my grandfather's and great grandfather's time. Today, I am a grandfather. Government and corporations alike can't see four years into the future. It's always this quarter, or this fiscal year. Individuals who can see any further out than that, have to wait for the political climate to shift in their favor for funding. And, then, if the political climate changes, they may lose the funding already promised.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @08:47PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @08:47PM (#609860)

          China as a nation also has no friends. Nobody likes them and will go to war to fight with them if they're attacked.

          Trudat. Name a Chinese ally, Pakistan, Russia, Myanmar, several African states, they are all allies of convenience, if that. N. Korea may be an exception, but that's a desperate "maybe", and fat lot of good N. Korea can do for China.

          Contrast that to America - despite all our fuckups, we still have allies that would come to our aid when a need arises.

          Of course, our problem is rot from within, not some external enemy.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @08:59PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @08:59PM (#609865)

      Why can't it just be a pork barrel project? The dna collection is just an excuse to buy lots of shiny DNA sequencers and massive storage arrays from some politicians favorite local supplier.

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by cubancigar11 on Thursday December 14 2017, @07:06AM (5 children)

    by cubancigar11 (330) on Thursday December 14 2017, @07:06AM (#609613) Homepage Journal

    Government has already collected infer prints, iris scans and etc. of all the citizens and is now passed a law that will close your bank account, investments, birth and death certificate, mobile phones and internet connection if all those are not linked to this 'identity' in next month.

    This is what HRW is. Fucking hypocritical communist tool.

    • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Thursday December 14 2017, @11:36AM

      by Phoenix666 (552) on Thursday December 14 2017, @11:36AM (#609658) Journal

      We cannot trust governments, we cannot trust corporations. Any time you have a small group of people who can exercise power over large numbers of people to their own benefit, they will and we will not like it.

      Democracy was supposed to make that power revocable, but we all know that's not true. We must render their means of control, of infrastructure, our food supply, and everything else redundant. Then their power becomes revocable on the ground, without the need for revolution that comes along painfully every several generations.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @12:44PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @12:44PM (#609669)

      [Citation needed]

      Also https://www.hrw.org/asia/india [hrw.org]

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by takyon on Thursday December 14 2017, @03:56PM (2 children)

      by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Thursday December 14 2017, @03:56PM (#609721) Journal

      This is what HRW is. Fucking hypocritical communist tool.

      https://www.hrw.org/asia/india [hrw.org]

      https://www.hrw.org/news/2013/06/07/india-new-monitoring-system-threatens-rights [hrw.org]

      https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/08/24/indias-supreme-court-upholds-right-privacy [hrw.org]

      Today’s ruling will impact several key policies, notably the mandatory biometric ID card program, which the government deems necessary – despite serious privacy concerns – for citizens to access subsidies, file taxes, operate bank accounts, or even get a phone line.

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      • (Score: 2) by cubancigar11 on Thursday December 14 2017, @04:29PM

        by cubancigar11 (330) on Thursday December 14 2017, @04:29PM (#609750) Homepage Journal

        Okay I had no idea. This didn't get any coverage whatsoever.

      • (Score: 2) by cubancigar11 on Friday December 15 2017, @10:34PM

        by cubancigar11 (330) on Friday December 15 2017, @10:34PM (#610514) Homepage Journal

        Having done more research, it seems I was ignorant, but not in the way you wanted me to be. India is currently being run by Hindu Nationalist party, being in majority for the first time in history.

        I was thinking, since when HRW got interested in actual human rights and not the left-wing money grabbing politics? Turns out, it actually hasn't.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @10:53AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @10:53AM (#609647)

    Okay, I'm half joking but I can think of plenty of ways mass DNA collection could happen here in the U.S. Regardless, the fact this type of database is being built anywhere is cause for global concern. Nobody should welcome this...

  • (Score: 2) by KilroySmith on Thursday December 14 2017, @07:09PM (1 child)

    by KilroySmith (2113) on Thursday December 14 2017, @07:09PM (#609811)

    People pay for the privilege to have their DNA taken and put into a database...

    What, you think 23AndMe and all the others throw away your sample and delete all the information they have after they tell you some bullshit about your ancestry?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @09:02PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 14 2017, @09:02PM (#609869)

      I was under the assumption they pocketed the money and made up the bullshit about your ancestry. Occam's razor and all.

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