Sunday, January 11, 2015

Yes, Chinese Police Openly Spy on Your Calls and Texts

Police across China are buying software and equipment to tap mobile phones as President Xi Jinping tightens control of public opinion and the spread of information.

Current cell phone call capture technique.
The police department of the Wenzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone said it spent 149,000 yuan ($24,000) to buy equipment, including what it called Trojan Horse software, from a state-owned technology company, according to a post on its website today. The software is used to monitor calls, texts and photos on smartphones, it said in the post, which was removed after gaining attention on Chinese social media.

The purchases shed light on the extent to which China monitors its citizens’ personal information amid a broader government clampdown on Internet freedom. Provincial governments and police departments in Jiangsu and Inner Mongolia are seeking to buy similar software to gather information from mobile devices, according to procurement lists on their websites.