Mon, Nov 15, 2004 - Page 1 News List

China holding data on most Taiwanese: Chai

KEEPING TABS China's intelligence officials have files on most individuals, and the situation needs to be addressed, a DPP legislator said yesterday

CNA

Chinese intelligence authorities have files on almost all the personal data of Taiwan's residents, Legislator Trong Chai (蔡同榮) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said yesterday.

Chai, together with fellow DPP lawmakers Lin Chin-hsing (林進興) and Chiang Chao-yi (江昭儀) of the Alliance Against Selling Out Taiwan (反賣台聯盟), submitted an emergency inquiry to the Executive Yuan yesterday, telling the administration about the seriousness of the problem and calling for a quick resolution to the "crisis."

The alliance was formed to monitor interactions between the opposition pan-blue camp and China.

Personal data

Chai quoted unidentified China-based Taiwanese businesspeople and intelligence sources as saying recently that Chinese intelligence officials have files on the personal data of almost every resident in Taiwan.

Chinese intelligence authorities' computers contain data on Taiwan residents' household registration, military service records, vehicle registration and even national health insurance records, Chai said.

Chinese authorities also keep files on Taiwan's political parties, military hierarchy line-ups, and high technology research and development sector personnel, Chai said.

The data could be smuggled from Taiwan and sold to Chinese authorities by Taiwan officials or stolen by criminal rings who trade the information for certain purposes, Chai said.

Elections

Chai said that China's intelligence authorities have established a task force to focus on Taiwan's legislative elections next month, including gathering personal data on the candidates. The task force is even dedicated to trying to influence the elections by having Taiwanese businesspeople in China return to Taiwan and vote or drum up support for candidates that are more to Beijing's liking, he said.

He said this is a pressing issue that the Taiwanese people should be concerned with and that should be tackled.

Meanwhile, Lin and Chiang said they want the government to "clean up" all possible channels through which important personal data could be smuggled to China and to establish a special task force to find out whether certain government officials have been bribed by Beijing for intelligence information.

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