Date: Oct 07, 2015
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
A new smartphone app aimed at checking the validity of Alien Resident Cards (ARC)
encourages discrimination, Taiwan International Workers Association (TIWA) activists said yesterday during a protest outside the National Immigration Agency (NIA) in Taipei.
Protesters shouted slogans calling for the app to be withdrawn and performed a skit in which a foreign worker was repeatedly “shot” with a cellphone mounted on a scan gun prop.
“This kind of an app treats all foreigners — especially blue-collar foreign employees — as suspects to be monitored,” TIWA member Betty Chen (陳容柔) said.
Chen said that the NIA had taken its executive authority “to the limit” by using a “loophole” in the Personal Information Protection Act (個人資料保護法) that allows anyone with a cellphone to become a “big brother.” [FULL STORY]