Beijing residents returning to the city from other places are being issued electronic bracelets that monitor body temperature and track location data.
The bracelets are reportedly mandated by the Chinese Communist Party to be worn 24/7, and can only be removed while showering, or to replace batteries, reports Chinese human rights activist Jennifer Zeng.
According to the CCP, the purpose of the bracelets, which upload data to accompanying phone apps, is to help the government fight the spread of Covid-19.
Residents in #Beijing #CCPChina are required to wear this electronic bracelet after returning to Beijing from other cities so that their movements can be monitored. The bracelet can monitor your body temperature 24/7, as well as your locations and movements. pic.twitter.com/fCAdrflQFS
— Jennifer Zeng 曾錚 (@jenniferatntd) July 15, 2022
Reuters also reports Beijing residents returning from domestic travel are being asked to wear the bio-surveillance trackers during mandatory home quarantine periods.
Chinese authorities have also “fit doors with movement sensors to monitor their movements but until now have not widely discussed the use of electronic bracelets.”
Numerous posts on the Chinese social media app Weibo are purportedly highly suspicious of the bracelets, with various users likening them to internet-connected handcuffs and calling them “excessive.”
Reuters reports many of those posts “were removed by Thursday afternoon, as well as a related hashtag that had garnered over 30 million views, generating an animated discussion on the platform.”