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China’s Social Credit System still lacks transparency and legal certainty

Adidas is accused of violating fire safety regulations and blocking escape routes and safety exits. A BMW subsidiary allegedly used terms such as “national”, “highest”, and “best” in its advertising, violating China’s advertising law, according to the Beijing Municipal Administration of Industry and Commerce. And a subsidiary of SAP is alleged to have violated China’s Work Safety Law. These allegations come from one of China’s Social Credit System databases. It does not list many violations by German companies, and the number of positive reports far exceeds the number of alleged violations. And yet: The Social Credit System is a sensitive issue.

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