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This country has introduced a credit system with travel bans as punishment for unpaid fines


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China's social credit system is a point based system that monitors the behaviour of its citizens.

Bad behaviour such as smoking on trains, obstructing footpaths with electric bikes, not paying fines and jaywalking will give lower ratings. Those who are caught by China's 20 million Artificial Intelligence CCTV cameras have their names blacklisted.

Citizens who find themselves on the list are restricted from using credit cards and given domestic travel bans - President Xi Jinping said these bans could last up to a year.

The system is to be tested on trains from 1st May, and the Chinese government plans to phase in all of its 1.3 billion citizens by 2020.

Smoking in the train's non-smoking area and riding with the incorrect ticket could result in a 180-day travel ban. The offender will not be allowed to purchase train tickets until their ban has lifted. 

Other punishments include slowing down internet speed for unpaid bills and publically being named as a bad citizen. Companies looking to hire will consult the blacklist, chances for employment will be decreased if applicant's name appears on the list.

The move to rapidly implement mass surveillance and a point based system falls in place with Jinping's plan to restore the principles of "once untrustworthy, always restricted."

Along with the plan is a system that will allow government bodies to share information on its citizens' trustworthiness and then issue further penalties in addition to domestic travel bans and credit restrictions. 

Zhang Yong, deputy director of China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said the trials were taking place across China's provinces over the next two years.

There are, however, signs that the use of social credit started years ago.

In early 2017, the country's Supreme People's Court said that 6.15 million Chinese citizens had been banned from taking flights for social misdeeds.

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