China will view individuals who seriously endanger people’s health and safety, or disrupt fair market competition and normal social order, as threats to society under its new social credit guidelines.
State TV channel CCTV reported that the measures were discussed at a recent State Council meeting citing a State Council meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, the president’s point of reference. Xi for managing the fallout from the coronavirus.
Among these new punitive measures, China will promote the development of the quality of the credit assessment industry, while encouraging the sharing of credit information related to finance, government administration and public services, and accelerate the orderly use of government data Strengthen information security and privacy protection.
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The meeting, chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday, decided on measures to refine the bad faith deterrent mechanism to promote the orderly and healthy development of the social credit system.
The principles include respecting laws and regulations, protecting rights and interests, adopting a prudent and appropriate approach, and implementing list-based management.
The scope and procedures for credit information will be formulated in a scientific manner, while those for sharing credit information will be standardized, the meeting said.
For those unfamiliar with it, Fox News explains that China’s Social Credit System is an implemented government program, the People’s Republic of China regulates the behavior of its citizens based on a points system.
Citizens with higher scores found it easier to get bank loans, free medical exams, and heating discounts. Points were deducted for traffic violations, selling defective products or defaulting on loan payments. In some cases, people with bad social credit scores are not allowed to buy plane or train tickets.
Other offenses include smoking in non-smoking areas, as well as buying – or playing – too many video games, according to various media.
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