The blacklist is part of Beijing’s efforts to increase public ‘trustworthiness’ of its social credit system, assigning every citizen and business entity a personal score, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported.
In addition, over 3.59 million Chinese enterprises remain blacklisted, preventing them from bidding on projects, accessing securities markets, taking part in land auctions and issuing corporate bonds.
In addition, the report states that Chinese authorities gathered over 14.21 million pieces of intel regarding ‘untrustworthy conduct’ by individuals and businesses, which includes swindling customers, failing to repay loans, illegal fund collection, false and misleading advertising, as well as improper behavior such as taking reserved seats on trains or causing issues in hospitals.
An additional 3.51 million “untrustworthy” individuals and entities paid taxes or fines last year due to liabilities under the country’s social credit system, the report adds.
“Many people cannot pay their debt because they are too poor but will be subject to this kind of surveillance and this kind of public shaming,” an unnamed lawyer observed, cited by SCMP.
The practice “violates the rights of human beings,” the lawyer added.
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