Does China’s Digital Police State Have Echoes in the West?

The state can gather more information, more easily, than ever before. Do not underestimate the risks

The Economist
Jun 1, 2018 · 5 min read
Security cameras keep watch over an intersection in Shanghai, China. Photo: James Leynse/Corbis via Getty Images

They’re watching you. When you walk to work, CCTV cameras film you and, increasingly, recognise your face. Drive out of town, and number-plate-reading cameras capture your journey. The smartphone in…

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