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Chinese firm holds personal files on millions in UK, Australia, Canada, India

London: A Chinese technology company has compiled a database on tens of thousands of Australian and British figures and their children and families for the use of the country’s intelligence agencies.

Files on senior Australia and British politicians, members of the royal family, religious leaders and military officers are stored on a Chinese server as part of a worldwide intelligence collection operation by a private firm that describes its mission as “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”.

Zhenhua refers to its broader set of databases as the Internet Big Data Military Intelligence System.

Zhenhua refers to its broader set of databases as the Internet Big Data Military Intelligence System.

The data includes names, dates of birth, educational history, professional biographies and other information scraped from publicly available sources on the internet.

It has compiled profiles on more than 35,000 Australians from Prime Minister Scott Morrison to billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes, according to the Australian Financial Review. The company counts among its clients the People’s Liberation Army and the Communist Party.

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