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China Enacting a High-Tech Plan to Track People

Author: Keith Bradsher, New York Times, Published on: 12 August 2007

At least 20,000 police surveillance cameras are being installed along streets...in southern China and will soon be guided by sophisticated computer software from an American-financed company to recognize automatically the faces of police suspects and detect unusual activity... China Public Security [also known as China Public Security Technology (CPST)] has raised much of the money to develop its technology from two investment funds..., Pinnacle Fund and Pinnacle China Fund. Three investment banks — Roth Capital Partners...; Oppenheimer & Company...; and First Asia Finance Group of Hong Kong — helped raise the money... Some civil rights activists contend that the cameras in China...are a violation of the right of privacy contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights... Dinah PoKempner, the general counsel of Human Rights Watch in New York [noted that] China has fewer limits on police power, fewer restrictions on how government agencies use the information they gather and fewer legal protections for those suspected of crime...

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Related companies: China Public Security Technology (CPST) First Asia Finance Oppenheimer & Co. Roth Capital Partners