China’s forcing citizens in Muslim-majority region to install spyware on their phones

China’s forcing citizens in Muslim-majority region to install spyware on their phones, by Yi Shu Ng.

China has ramped up surveillance measures in Xinjiang, home to much of its Muslim minority population, according to reports from Radio Free Asia.

Authorities sent out a notice over a week ago instructing citizens to install a “surveillance app” on their phones, and are conducting spot checks in the region to ensure that residents have it. …

Users who deleted, or did not install the app, would be detained for up to 10 days, according to social media users. …

The app reportedly scans for the MD5 digital signatures of media files in the phone, and matches them to a stored database of offending files classified by the government as illegal “terrorist-related” media.

hat-tip Stephen Neil