Australians flagged in CCP security files which shed light on surveillance state and monitoring of Uyghurs

A graphic showing a man and woman, passports, the Chinese flag, lines of data and a police badge.
Publisher Janis Manning and former intelligence chief Geoff Miller are among the Australians identified in the database.(ABC News: Emma Machan)

The identities of 161 Australian citizens — including a former intelligence chief, government officials and business leaders — have been exposed in a hacked Shanghai security database which reveals the inner workings of China’s surveillance state.

Australian authorities are investigating whether the citizens may have been flagged for monitoring by Shanghai’s Public Security Bureau (PSB), the city’s powerful police force which has intelligence and immigration control functions.

Activists hacked an insecure server late last year, discovering the trove of more than 1.1 million Shanghai PSB and surveillance records.

The data was provided to Australian security officials, the ABC and a handful of media organisations internationally, giving a rare and detailed window into China’s development of a national mass surveillance system.

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