The third-generation ID card will reportedly help Chinese authorities collect blood samples and track citizens
By: Judy Lo,Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China’s third-generation ID card will reportedly contain information on an individual’s blood sample, and incorporate a global positioning system (GPS) tracking device, which is causing Taiwanese working in China anxiety.
Currently, the new ID card is still at a conceptual stage. Yet over the last few days, fear over potential breaches of personal privacy has spread across Chinese social media.
The new ID card will reportedly integrate GPS tracking, multiple-functions (bank card, credit card, social security card, and shopping card), and fingerprint identification. It will also show a citizen’s registered address instead of a residential address, contain blood sample information and may even be used as a USB device.
GPS tracking will potentially enable police to locate the ID card at all times. This has worried Chinese netizens who fear a loss of privacy. [FULL STORY]