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China a step closer to rolling out nationwide social credit system

Citizens with low scores will be "punished" and have less access to public and private services

China is already installing cameras at all crossroads and collecting huge amount of data on behavioural habits of its population.


DU Shan, a trendy marketing director from China who is in her 30s, proudly shows off her credit score on her mobile phone to anyone who is interested to see it - it reads 737, out of a maximum of 900.

The score is produced by e-retail giant turned e-bank, Alibaba, by an...