China uses anti-fraud app to track access to overseas financial news sites
Chinese police are using a new anti-fraud app installed on more than 200m mobile phones to identify and question people who have viewed overseas financial news sites, according to individuals summoned by the authorities. The ministry recommended that the app was downloaded but numerous local government agencies made it mandatory for their employees and individuals with whom they work, such as students and tenants. A second user in eastern Shandong province said police called him on four consecutive days after the app showed he had visited what it labelled "Highly dangerous" overseas information providers, including Bloomberg. A dozen individuals told the FT they were uncomfortable giving the app 29 permissions, including live monitoring of call logs, text messages and conversations, in order to install it on their phones. "I am not going to give the authorities access to every aspect of my life in order to fend off scams," said a Shanghai-based marketing manager who has ignored multiple requests to install the app. "This is a surveillance app that keeps track of everything on your phone," said an office worker who deleted the app several hours after local authorities told him to install it. The app offers dozens of courses on fraud prevention.