Chinese authorities have revealed they are using electronic wristbands to monitor the behaviour of people suspected of offences who have not been charged or tried.
The news follows a privacy backlash in Beijing last week over the use of electronic monitoring bracelets for residents returning from domestic travel.
Chinese cities require those arriving from parts of China where Covid-19 cases were found to quarantine at home. The authorities install movement sensors on doors to monitor their movements, but until now had not widely discussed the use of electronic bracelets.
Police can tag people accused of crimes and misdemeanour cases with a sentence of three years or less
Last week some Beijing residents were asked by their official neighbourhood committees to wear an electronic bracelet throughout the mandatory home quarantine period.
The bracelets had to be worn 24 hours a day. They monitored users’