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Post Tech - China plans to track cellphone users, sparking human rights concerns Post Tech - China plans to track cellphone users, sparking human rights concerns Posted at 5:53 PM ET, 03/ 3/2011 By Cecilia Kang China said it may begin tracking cellphone users in Beijing through location technology it hopes will help city authorities better manage traffic. But the announcement also sparked fresh concerns that the government may be using mobile technology to surveil its residents. In an announcement, made through Beijing's Municipal People's Government Web site, the Chinese government said it would track 17 million cellphone users in Beijing through location technology to "publish real-time dynamic information to ease congestion and improve the efficiency of public travel."