German companies do business in the Chinese autonomous region of Xinjiang despite the human rights violations taking place there. According to experts, they may have benefited from forced labor and oppression.
Behind the cumbersome name "integration platform for joint operations" hides one of the most sophisticated technical tools of repression in the world: a database run by the Chinese central government that monitors Muslims living in the autonomous region of Xinjiang – most of them belong to the Uighur minority.
The "integration platform" is voracious: The non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch recently reported what government officials feed in: interpersonal relationships, movement profiles of smartphones and car license plates, information about power consumption, when and where someone has filled up – even whether the person owns the vehicle was or not. With dozens of data points, everyone is classified.