April 09, 2018

Why do the Chinese seem more willing to give up their privacy for security than Australians?

Source: ABC Radio Australia

Journalists: Bang Xiao, Christina Zhou

Nick Liu knows all too well about the massive troves of data being gathered and analysed by technology companies, so he held off using his phone to pay for foods as long as he could — until he forgot to bring cash one day.

After paying with his phone, he was won over by the convenience, and now, apps including WeChat Pay and AliPay are integral in his life.

Mr Liu is among a growing number of people across the world who are trading in their privacyto use services and apps such as WeChat and Facebook, both of which recently faced backlash for privacy and data breaches.

Meanwhile, the recent moves by the Chinese Government to roll out a Social Credit System to engineer society — which surveys show the majority of citizens in favour of — has raised the question of whether Chinese citizens are more willing to give up their privacy than in western countries like Australia, where a proposed national facial recognition system sparked concerns about its impact on privacy.

Read the full article at ABC Radio Australia


  • Elsa B. Kania

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Elsa B. Kania is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. Her research focuses on Chinese military...