the Ministry has warned The Ministry of the interior in the protection of the Constitution report for the year 2019 with a view to political espionage against Chinese Payment Apps. The applications for mobile phones that enable users to create their Online purchases but also purchases in the bricks and mortar retail or local services can pay.
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The report of the Federal office for the protection of the Constitution, the service is domestic intelligence, among other things, for the defense of foreign espionage, has been in the last week by Federal interior Minister Horst Seehofer and the constitutional protection President Thomas Haldenwang. Therefore Chinese, but also German state can use nationals in Germany, the payment systems of Chinese companies such as Tencent (Wechat Pay) and Alibaba (Alipay). "Whose data servers are located in China, the access of Chinese state-owned Bodies, it is possible," writes the protection of the Constitution. It was also for other applications, such as for Apps, providers of bicycles for hire.
China could alienate the collected user data according to the secret service for the Chinese social credit system purpose, not only Chinese, but also foreign citizens and companies, and disciplined to be monitored. The of Pay Apps, the data generated are not particularly sensitive, because they allow deep insights into not only the financial ratios but also in the professional and private life of the users life. In the case of the Apps of Wechat and Alipay, which is all the more true as these applications with numerous additional can cover functions in addition to the Pay for almost the whole of everyday life. So about Wechat for ordering Taxis or Food supply or for private appointments, professional Meetings and job interviews.
"Massive threats to privacy,"
the data protection officer of the States of Baden-Württemberg and Hamburg have joined the warning of the constitutional protection against Payment Apps from China. Internationally active Chinese suppliers are exposed to the access of national intelligence services and security authorities. "This massive threats to privacy grow up," said Hamburg data protection officer Johannes Caspar, the "Handelsblatt". Foreign contractual partners, such as Alibaba would not disclose to their clients the access of authorities to their data open, is quoted in the baden-württemberg data protection Stefan Brink of the economic and financial newspaper.
In Germany, many shops accept the payment of the services of Chinese suppliers, to facilitate consumer joyful Chinese tourists shopping. Their number had increased up to the outbreak of the Corona-crisis. The acceptance by local retailers is likely to have favoured the proliferation of the corresponding Apps on Smartphones to German users. In addition, a number of German tourists brought by or business Apps from their China visits.
In the shops of Germany's largest drugstore chain " dm " makes it possible for customers to pay in July 2019 with Alipay. The competitors Müller and Rossmann offer this Service. Galeria Kaufhof has also implemented Alipay.
phone to China-travel throw
In addition, Hardware Made in China widely used for German users, for example in the Form of powerful Smartphones of the controversial manufacturer, Huawei, or of the provider of Xiaomi. It is not excluded that surveillance authorities can be accessed via interfaces on such devices on the processed data.Updated Date: 16 July 2020, 06:19