Data collated will include hobbies, jobs, consumption habits, unorthodox behavior and even family planning violations, and will be closely analyzed for patterns. The program, which offers no safeguards from privacy laws is said to also take advantage of the neighborhood informants already in place in society, assigned by the Communist Party.
The only spokesman for China Electronics, who has several big contracts with the Chinese Communist Party – including electronic warfare systems – commented on the Pre-Crime initiative. According to Wu, an engineer, the data collection scope can draw a ‘portrait’ of suspects by collating information collected, which also includes bank accounts and shopping habits.
“We don’t call it a big data platform,” Wu said of the data collating laws, “but a united information environment.”
Paul Pillar is sceptical, however. “The people who are good at this are good because they have access to a lot of data,” he says. “They can experiment with all kinds of stuff.”
Meanwhile, Twitter has recently announced their new profiling abilities to monitor user hashtag behaviour to oust probable protestors before they protest. The new program has a 70 percent success rate in determining a user’s behavior.
In California, the Fresno Police Department announced they will now calculate a citizen’s threat level by using databases, previous arrest reports, social media postings and property records, while Google have just “joined forces” with the Pentagon for a larger access to data sweep.