On May 1, 2011, in an article that appeared in Qiushi Journal, Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Politburo standing committee and the Party’s security czar, proposed establishing a national population information database, coded by each and every resident’s ID number. Traditionally the government’s control of the population has been based on registered households (Huko) and workplace. “Now, there is an urgent need to establish a dynamic management system that covers the whole real population,” said Zhou. Zhou asked for consolidation of related information sources from various government agencies including the police, social security, housing and urban construction, civil affairs, education, transportation, taxation, and the authorities on statistics, so as to be clear about the situation for the entire population and exert tight control.
Source: Beijing Times, May 2, 2011