China is collecting real-time location data from alternative fuel vehicles

It’s not exactly a secret that China likes to keep tabs on its citizens, whether that’s through its social credit rating system or more traditional forms of domestic surveillance. According to a report yesterday by the Associated Press, the Chinese government is mandating that manufacturers of alternative energy vehicles provide it with location information on their cars, which the AP says often happens without the drivers’ knowledge.

The Chinese government says that the data is being used for public safety, infrastructure improvements and to make sure that alternative fuel vehicle subsidies aren’t being abused, but critics of the program maintain that the types and amounts of data being collected go beyond what the government would need to achieve those goals.

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