The Chinese regime issued an app called “Health Code” that tracks the movement and immunity status of COVID-19 cases and contacts. Simultaneously, the app gathers massive data on the country’s population.
According to a former contact tracing official surnamed Ma, the government uses “big data” about people’s buying and mobility habits to contain the COVID-19 spread.
“This big dataset can run through everything including your bank account,” Ma said. “It was initially put to use by the state security police, and was used in the past to investigate corrupt officials.”
According to news analyst Wang Zheng, China’s big data is now linked with the Skynet monitoring system to trace people, interactions, and transactions.
“They record everything, including your consumption habits, including time, location and approximate amount, which exposes your habits,” Wang stated. “That includes your use of navigation software like Gaode and Baidu.”
A university student surnamed Yu was surprised to discover that her green health code had gone just days after purchasing over-the-counter medicine from a Beijing pharmacy.
Yu was one of the thousands of people who recently went to work or shopping malls in Beijing. She and many others found they had been denied access owing to the condition of their health codes, which were tightly enforced before the Winter Olympics.
On Weibo, a Chinese social media platform like Twitter, Yu commented, “I’m not buying enough tea to meet the minimum for delivery, but the milk tea shop won’t let me in without a health code.”
The city quietly enacted a new rule requiring everyone who had bought medication to address any Covid symptoms, such as fever, cough, or dry throat, to be tested for the virus before their health app status could be restored to green.
A Beijing citizen surnamed Liu said, “If you have a sore throat or hoarseness and you go and buy medicine for it, you’ll be told to do a COVID-19 test,” then, “They wouldn’t sell me painkillers when I went for my headache.”
Everyone must download and receive a green, amber, or red traffic light health code in China.
On Chinese social media networks, users revealed that their health codes changed to amber after purchasing over-the-counter cold or pain medications. It means that they must undergo a COVID-19 test before leaving their houses.
“It’s now being used for epidemic prevention and epidemiological investigation to identify suspected spreaders [of COVID-19],” Ma said. “It has now been linked in to online merchants like Taobao, and with community pharmacies and neighborhood committees.”
Seemingly innocuous transactions, such as purchasing cold or pain medicines, will be submitted to the database, resulting in a warning.
“Some residential committees will call you, while others will just change your health code from green to amber,” Ma added. “That means you won’t be able to go anywhere, and you will have to self-isolate.”
As the China News Weekly reported on January 24th, the vast datasets provided to the government are seen as a “sharp weapon” in the campaign to impose the ruling zero-COVID policy.
The officials prevent consumers from purchasing over-the-counter medications from foreign websites by intensifying parcel and package inspections.
China News Weekly said that the usage of big data had become a national policy. Guizhou, Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, Yangtze River Delta, Chengdu-Chongqing, and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau are among the eight places where health codes have been implemented.