As hundreds of thousands continue to take to the streets in Hong Kong in a protest which began as an opposition to the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill and several large US companies attempt an awkward dance around the subject like trying to hide from an ex at the supermarket, China believes it has the solution to quench the spark of political unrest. Drawing from Experian’s solution to their 2015 data breach, China is offering a year of free credit monitoring to all Hong Kong citizens who halt their protesting efforts.
President Xi Jinping believes that if free credit monitoring could ease the anger toward the breach of sensitive personal data by a large, faceless organization for which protection of sensitive personal data is a central goal, then surely it can temper outrage toward the neglect of the desired rights of a citizenry by a government institution which operates ideally as a reflection of those desired rights.
The credit monitoring will be executed by the Chinese government itself, using their already-extensive human tracking and information monitoring system, including the facial recognition technology used by the Hong Kong government to identify protestors. Government officials believe this completely voluntary monitoring--which is definitely the first kind of monitoring that the government will employ despite everything I just said in my previous sentence--should engender a feeling of calmness and security that each citizen’s every move will be tracked by a regime with a clear record for valuing the rights of its people.
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