August 19, 2003

china to introduce "super id"

POST #    306

in an article in today's ny times, it is reported that china will introduce "an electronic card that will store that vital information for all 960 million eligible citizens on chips that the authorities anywhere can access." with china's stellar history with human rights this new card obviously has some people concerned.

the current id card has info like a person's nationality, birth date, identification number, and info that shows your region of birth. the new card will have a chip that stores data on all government services a person receives.

but is china's system really that much different from the things we have in the united states? our credit cards, our social security cards, our insurance info, our club cards at the grocery store, and even our metrocards and our ez-passes. the list goes on. granted, the storage of information in the chinese system has more potential problems than anything that is currently tracked in the united states. but is a national id card here that far off? nope. in the wake of the events in 2001, there have been calls for id cards here too. next thing you know, we'll be throwing people in jail for not doing anything. oh wait, we already do that.

and just because i'm writing this, it doesn't mean i don't love this country. it's just that sometimes, we are a tad hypocritical and quick to judge. and it's not like we question the patriotism of people that question our government's actions either...

Posted by tien mao in Rants at 1:18 AM



when i got lucy i had the aspca do the embedded microchip at the base of her neck. somehow the chip has moved and now resides in her side.

Posted by: el at August 19, 2003 1:49 PM

oh, that's not good. but if she were lost and then found, they would know who the owner is.

Posted by: tien at August 19, 2003 9:05 PM

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