The UK Guardian reported on Friday that China’s “social credit system,” a vast surveillance network and database system designed to punish Chinese for poor citizenship, has blocked travelers from buying 17.5 million airplane tickets and 5.5 million train tickets. The social credit system was planned over a decade ago, formally announced in 2015, and brought online last year, creating a system where virtually everything Chinese citizens do is monitored and fed into a vast data-processing system that computes citizenship scores for them. The system covers everything from crimes and misdemeanors to sitting in a reserved seat on a train or writing “inappropriate” posts on social media. Penalties are assessed for infractions as minor as walking a dog without a leash and jaywalking. A generous amount of highly subjective bureaucratic tweaking was provided for, giving the authoritarian government tools to ensure troublesome citizens receive low social credit … [Read more...] about China’s ‘Social Credit System’ Blocks 23 Million Purchases of Train and Plane Tickets
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A roundup of the latest airline route and service news Chris McGinnis Published 10:47 am PST, Friday, March 1, 2019 British Airways has repainted one of its 747s in old BOAC livery. British Airways has repainted one of its 747s in old BOAC livery. Photo: British Airways Photo: British Airways Image 1 of / 14 Caption Close Image 1 of 14 British Airways has repainted one of its 747s in old BOAC livery. British Airways has repainted one of its 747s in old BOAC livery. Photo: British Airways Routes: Rare 747, Delta at Seattle + AA, JetBlue, Spirit, Air Canada, WestJet, Egyptair, more 1 / 14 Back to Gallery TravelSkills on SFGate is brought to you by Visa . In route news this week, … [Read more...] about Routes: Rare 747, Delta at Seattle + AA, JetBlue, Spirit, Air Canada, WestJet, Egyptair, more
Slowly but surely paying with cards is getting faster, easier Chris McGinnis Updated 10:04 am PST, Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Does this contactless card logo look familiar to you? If not, it will soon. Does this contactless card logo look familiar to you? If not, it will soon. Photo: Visa Photo: Visa Image 1 of / 18 Caption Close Image 1 of 18 Does this contactless card logo look familiar to you? If not, it will soon. Does this contactless card logo look familiar to you? If not, it will soon. Photo: Visa Credit card technology transition is trying for travelers 1 / 18 Back to Gallery TravelSkills on SFGate is brought to you by Visa . When traveling in other countries, I … [Read more...] about Credit card technology transition is trying for travelers
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President Donald Trump announced that the European Union, Canada, and Mexico would soon be subject to steel and aluminum tariffs.The decision angered the three key trading partners.EU leaders promised to retaliate with tariffs on US goods.Mexico's economy ministry said pork, steel, and other US products would be subject to tariffs.It didn't take long for the European Union, Canada, and Mexico to hit back at the US after the Trump administration announced the three key allies would soon be subject to steel and aluminum tariffs.The three allies lambasted the US decision, calling the move a violation of trade rules and a breakdown of international cooperation.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the steel and aluminum tariffs were "totally unacceptable" and a violation of a centuries-old relationship between the US and Canada."These tariffs will harm industries and workers on both sides of the Canada-US border and will disrupt supply chains that have made North American steel more … [Read more...] about Europe, Mexico, and Canada retaliate against Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs