China’s New Crackdown Starting July 1st

China will be searching electronic devices including smartphones and laptops from July 1 2024, as part of a new crackdown to ensure “national security,” according to documents sent out by the Ministry of State Security on April 26 of this year.

The new crackdown allows Chinese police officers to gather “electronic data” from “mobile phone text messages, emails, instant messages and group chats,” along with “documents, images, audio and video, apps, log records,” etc.

According to legal scholar, Lu Chenyuan, the new rules mean that state security police officers can stop people and search their devices without the need for a warrant, or even an ongoing criminal investigation.

Even police officers on the street in plain clothes can simply walk up to you, present their ID card, and demand to collect data from your mobile phone or laptop.

In a very dangerous move, China is reverting back to the early days of Communism by re-introducing a nationwide campaign which compels citizens to report on anyone who might be a danger to “national security,” including being on the lookout for foreign spies in their daily lives.

From our experience at BTJ, the Chinese government likely hopes to accomplish five things with the new rules:

  1. The government hopes to stop Chinese from downloading apps that are legal in other countries, but illegal in China
  2. The government hopes to find data that might lead to the elimination of illegal Christian materials, influences of evangelization, or political critics
  3. The government hopes create an atmosphere of fear which compel’s citizens to censor themselves more than they already do
  4. The government hopes to crack down on the use of communication apps that they do not control like Threema, Telegram, or Signal
  5. The government hopes to shrink the number of people who have access to people outside of China

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