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Chinese Border Patrol Installs High Tech Surveillance on Travelers’ Phones

China’s border patrol has reportedly been installing surveillance software on border crossers’ phones without their knowledge, according to an investigation by the Guardian, The New York Times and Süddeutsche Zeitung. The software, the investigation claims, tracks travelers’ movement and secretly collects emails, texts, contacts and other phone information.

This practice is taking place at the Irkeshtam border between the Kyrgyzstan and Xinjiang regions where China has apparently been enforcing restrictions on the Muslim population. Chinese officials may be looking for terrorism-related or extremist content.

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