The famous Chinese actor Li Yifeng was administratively detained by the Beijing police for repeatedly visiting prostitutes, shocking Chinese society. Several lawyers have analyzed that Li Yifeng was ultimately planted in the CCP’s official “big data.” Beijing has collected vast amounts of personal data from its citizens for many years.

Lawyer: Li Yifeng is planted in “big data”

On September 11, the Beijing Municipal CCTV and relevant departments verified that Li Yifeng was detained.

Zhang Pengyu, a Jiangsu Yangchen Law Firm lawyer, pointed out that prostitution is illegal in mainland China and generally does not constitute a crime, usually people are sentenced to administrative detention for less than 15 days. The fine can be up to 5,000 yuan ($700).

Wang Haiding, deputy head of the Cyber ​​Security Brigade of the Jiangning Branch of the Nanjing Public Security Bureau, posted an analysis on his Weibo account, alleging that Li’s repeated visits to prostitutes were “illegal” and were subject to “administrative detention.” Delinquency and crime are two different concepts.

The report mentioned that the famous former pianist Li Yundi was arrested in 2021 for soliciting prostitutes, and now Li Yifeng has been detained for visiting prostitutes. People wonder how the information came to hand.

According to information released by the government, mainland internet police can automatically use big data to target specific groups of people. Not only that, the CCP police can continue to investigate after arresting and locking up people.

Several lawyers also analyze that Li Yifeng was ultimately planted in the CCP’s official “big data.” It is obvious that the relevant departments have grasped all his personal information.

The CCP collects a staggering amount of citizens’ personal data

In July of this year, the New York Times published its investigation report after more than a year, pointing out that the CCP is expanding the collection of a staggering amount of citizens’ personal data on an unprecedented scale, including building some of the world’s largest DNA databases. Based on facial recognition technology, people’s voice prints are further collected.

An internal product presentation document of Megvii, one of China’s largest surveillance equipment contractors, shows that its software can collect a variety of data about a person, including their movements, clothing, vehicles, mobile device information such as mobile phones, and social relations. 

The CCP has a clear goal: to design a system that enables the authorities to determine each individual’s identity, activities, and social relationships to the greatest extent possible and ultimately facilitate the CCP to maintain its authoritarian rule.

tender document in Fujian province also shows that the CCP uses cellphone-tracking devices to connect people’s digital lives with real-world activities.

“Everything is under control, there is no escape from the devil’s claws”

Earlier, a video titled “Everything is under control, can’t escape the devil’s claws” circulated on the mainland and was thought-provoking.

In the video, a man in a suit pointed out that:

  • In March 2004, the Chinese government issued the second-generation ID card; 
  • In May 2007, bank accounts were connected online, and all your assets were discoverable;
  • In July 2012, the marriage registration of the Ministry of Civil Affairs was connected; 
  • In Feb 2014, the enterprise registration is online, and the companies, enterprises, and shares under your name can be found; 
  • The real estate was registered in a unified manner at the end of 2017;
  • The government also knew your assets overseas in the global financial information exchange (CRS) in February 2018.

The man said, “It took (the government) almost 20 years, step by step, without knowing it, to know who you are, who you have in your family, how much money you have, how much equity you have, how much you have. How much real estate and your overseas assets are all linked together?”

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