China Accused Of Putting Recording Devices In All Dual-Plate Hong Kong/China Cars

from the taking-spying-to-a-new-level dept

There’s a fascinating report, via Slashdot, claiming that China has been installing spying devices on all “dual-plate” Chinese-Hong Kong cars for about four years now. Officially an electronic border card, some researchers opened the box and found electronics for recording and transmitting audio. Not surprisingly, this has enabled border patrol officials to be much more effective in figuring out which cars to search:

Smugglers were the first to note something strange about the devices. A source told Apple Daily that after the cards were installed mainland authorities had no trouble picking off the cars carrying illicit goods.

?For every ten cars we ran we only had [smuggled goods] in three or four to reduce the risk, but the border agents caught all of them. The accuracy was unreal!? Apple Daily quoted the smuggler saying.

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Overcast (profile) says:

Whatever the price of the Chinese Revolution, it has obviously succeeded not only in producing more efficient and dedicated administration, but also in fostering high morale and community of purpose. The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao’s leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history. ?David Rockefeller

Yep – shouldn’t be too much longer before we end up like this – or well, maybe revolt.

Anonymous Coward says:

I think this is the original form of the quote in one of the above comments:
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.

another along the same lines

But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
John Adams

This kinda thing puts me in mind of one of the anti terrorism laws in the UK that would never be used for anything but catching bad people with bombs and the like that wound up being used to spy on a family suspected of lying about their post code to get their kid into a better school.

Anonymous Coward says:

You have to take the story with a grain of salt, considering it is third hand (now fourth hand posting it here). Going back up the line tells you a bunch.

The Epoch Times is an organization that is very much against the mainland Chinese government. They are incredibly critical of everything the Chinese government does, and it isn’t beyond them to cook up a story to try to make them look bad. The source newspaper, The Apple (from either Taiwan or Hong Kong, depending on the edition) is a tabloid on the scale of the National Enquirer.

Perhaps a little research would reveal how silly this entire story is.

iBelieve says:

It is very interesting seeing governments ~creating ‘damage control’ to appease the criticisms and conspiracy theorists. Does every conspiracy have to be a theory? That is the funny part of living on this planet.. although disconcerting as it is. On the other hand, there’s not one thing that at some point won’t get ~everybody in the end. That’s the comforting part. It is really awful to see some acting as if it won’t get them.

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