A Chinese citizen shared a personal experience on social media that reveals how tightly the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is monitoring its people.
A local Disease Prevention and Control Center called him when he was on a long-distance bus. He didn’t answer the call as he was on another call. Then the center called the person sitting next to him and asked that person to inform him to answer its call.
However, the person in the next-seat didn’t buy a ticket at the bus station (where the authorities could have collected his contact information). He just got on the bus and bought the ticket. So how did the authorities find out about him in order to call him?
A netizen’s comment explained that the CCP has installed a camera on all trains and buses. They can first locate its target person and then zoom in to see the person next to him. Then, using facial recognition to identify the second person they can pull up his contact information. Another commentator said that, even ten years ago, the CCP had installed at least five cameras on each bus, so that they could monitor the bus. The CCP can also trace the mobile phone location to confirm whether a person is on a bus.
Another netizen shared a similar experience. Last month, he drove his friend’s car to Henan Province. The Disease Prevention and Control Center called him to ask him when he went there, but the center didn’t call his friend first. So somehow the authorities had the ability to tell that he was the actual driver of the car.
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