Nov 172018
 
 November 17, 2018  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Angus Berwick of Reuters reports:

  • Venezuela is rolling out a new, smart-card ID known as the “carnet de la patria,” or “fatherland card,” manufactured by Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp.
  • The ID transmits data about cardholders to government computer servers, and is increasingly linked to subsidized food, health, and other social programs most Venezuelans rely on to survive.
  • The fatherland card, critics argue, illustrates how China, through state-linked companies like ZTE, exports technological know-how that can help like-minded governments track, reward, and punish citizens.
Read more on Business Insider.
via Joe Cadillic

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