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Some Beijing residents Local authorities ordered the return of local authorities to wear a COVID-19 surveillance bracelet, sparking widespread criticism on Chinese social media by users concerned about excessive government surveillance. .
According to posts published Wednesday night and Thursday morning on the microblogging platform Weibo, some Beijing residents returning to the capital have been asked by their neighborhood committee to wear an electronic bracelet during their stay. transparent Mandatory home isolation period.
Chinese cities require people coming from parts of China where COVID cases have been detected to go into quarantine. Authorities install doors with motion sensors to track their movements, but so far there has not been widespread discussion of the use of electronic bracelets.
The articles said the bracelets monitored the user’s temperature and uploaded the data to a phone app that they had to download.
“This bracelet can connect to the Internet, it can definitely record my whereabouts, it’s basically like electronic shackles and handcuffs, I won’t wear this,” Weibo user Dahongmao wrote late at night. Wednesday, declined to comment further when contacted by Reuters.
This post and others sharing images of the bracelets that were removed on Thursday afternoon, as well as a related hashtag, have garnered more than 30 million views, sparking a discussion. lively discussion on the platform.
A community worker in Tiantongyuan, a suburb north of Beijing, confirmed to the state-backed Eastday news agency that the measure had taken effect in the vicinity, though she called it “too much of a stretch” worth”.
A post on Weibo and a video published on the official Eastday.com account were deleted on Thursday afternoon.
Weibo user Dahongmao wrote on Thursday afternoon his neighborhood committee had collected the bracelets, telling him there were “too many complaints.”
The outcry against electronic bracelets occurred at a time COVID is getting more and more tired around China, with disobedience and violations on the rise since the nationwide outbreak in March.
Beijing authorities could not be immediately reached for comment after regular business hours.
Besides Beijing, several other regions and jurisdictions have introduced bracelets as a COVID control measure or plan to do so, including Hong Kong, Henan, Inner Mongoliaand Zhejiang, according to China’s Jiemian news site.
But concerns about data privacy and the use of COVID surveillance technology for other purposes, such as putting health codes on alert to prevent protesters from gathering, have prompted many Chinese to Nation is wary of such devices and applications.