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Citizens Reluctant to Reveal Personal Info

PERSONAL PRIVACY—CHINA

November 2, 2010

The Chinese government is acknowledging that citizens' reluctance to offer up personal information to census takers may hamper efforts to get an accurate read on how the country has changed over the past 10 years. The Christian Science Monitor reports that a pre-census poll revealed "more refusals to cooperate with the census," according to the deputy head of the census project. In an effort to quell concern, the deputy premier went on television asking citizens to provide accurate data and warning enumerators to keep personal information confidential, the report states. Meanwhile, a long-distance running program at about 100 universities throughout the country is drawing complaints from students over its requirement that they provide fingerprints in order to participate.
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