I was surprised by this part of the article:
People are awarded credit points for activities such as undertaking volunteer work and giving blood donations while those who violate traffic laws and charge “under-the-table” fees are punished.
Other infractions reportedly include smoking in non-smoking zones, *buying too many video games* and posting fake news online.
Singapore famously canes it's socially deviant behaviors...
Smoking in non-smoking zones is not enforced
Too many video games can be paid for in cash or even downloaded from the internet so no way to trace.
Meanwhile in Canada:
I used to work for a company that had both retail, including automotive, and financial, which included a bank and insurance.
We would look at the purchasing behavior in the automotive section to determine risk, which was then applied to their credit score.
It was also a good indicator of who was a good candidate for the insurance sector.
What about if you treat your wife like shit? Do you lose points for that?
This has other potential ill-use, some with market impacts, including using non-approved products and services (e.g. net services, certain imports or imports from certain countries, alcohol purchases). As we move towards the cashless economy, where every purchase is logged, you can lose freedom of spending choice, it could also be an opaque alternative to tariffs.
NB These are hypothetical.
Another interesting article about snitching on porn.
Control freakery, ranking of human beings, social privilege/disadvantage, nanny-child 'educational' approach to both governing and education, all possible activities subject to reward or punishment.
(Plexus, Henry Miller's novel, p.438: "I am of the order whose purpose is not to teach the world a lesson but to explain that school is over.")
Authority: 'Go stand in the corner, Henry. And you are not allowed to wear long trousers until you're in the 3rd grade, so get 'em off.'
> ranking of human beings
Takes a lifetime to know yourself ... how can other people rank you accurately? Are these rankings as important as they would like you to believe? Maybe it affects your status and pocketbook ... but then again so do your own actions ... and luck and fate ...