These Chinese sanitation workers have to wear location-tracking bracelets now

China has a good reputation for monitoring its citizens, and several parts of the country are constantly discovering new ways to use devices for that purpose: RFID chips in cars, facial recognition sunglasses and location tracking uniforms for each one of the students. Holders in the last year. Now, you can add sanitation workers with GPS-equipped tracking bracelets to the list.

On April 3, news arrived that sanitation workers in Nanjing, Hexi district of China, were required to wear smart GPS tracking bracelets to not only monitor their location at all times, but also make them a sound if they stopped moving for more than 20 minutes.


these chinese sanitation workers have to wear location tracking bracelets now

Image: Jiangsu City Channel

Just one day later, the South China Morning Post reports that public pressure had increased to the point that the local sanitation company decided to push back a little things, but only eliminating the most unpleasant part of the system. Now, the bracelets will no longer say "please continue working" if a worker decides to stay in one place, but, apparently, they will continue to track the workers in the same way.


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The original video report from the Jiangsu City Channel that allegedly revealed it (here, but Weibo login is required) shows that the workers are being traced like pins on a map.
Image: Jiangsu City Channel

It is not clear if that result will be enough to satisfy the public, but I guess it depends on how the news is presented. Strangely, the headlines of South China Morning Post read "Workers released from surveillance after the protest" and "Chinese workers freed from oversight of the Big Brother style after the public stench", none of which it aligns with the facts of its own history.

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