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Backlash at Chinese university shows limits to surveillance

BEIJING --- A Chinese university s plan to conduct a blanket search of student and staff electronic devices has come under fire, illustrating the limits of the population s tolerance for surveillance and raising the prospect that tactics used on Muslim minorities may be creeping into the rest of the country. The Guilin University of Electronic Technology is reconsidering a search of cellphones, computers, external hard disks and USB drives after a copy of the order leaked online and triggered such an intense backlash that it drew rare criticism in state-run newspapers. Searches of electronics are common in Xinjiang in China s far west, a heavily Muslim region that has been turn...

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