Chinese database ‘lists 1.8 million “breed ready” women, along with their phone numbers and addresses’
- GDI.foundation researcher Victor Gevers discovered unprotected database
- ‘BreedReady’ status in list is believed to mean woman is still of child-bearing age
- Youngest girl in databank was 19, while oldest was 95, and all women are single
A Chinese organisation has created a database featuring 1.8million women along with their phone numbers, addresses and a ‘BreedReady’ status.
GDI.foundation researcher Victor Gevers discovered the unprotected database, which has since become inaccessible, over the weekend.
Sharing his findings on Twitter, Mr Gevers revealed that the youngest girl in the database was just 15, while the oldest woman was 95.
‘BreedReady’ status, which is believed to mean that a woman is still in her reproductive years, ranges from 18 years old to 39.
A Chinese organisation has created a database featuring 1.8million women along with their phone numbers, addresses and a ‘BreedReady’ status (file photo)
‘BreedReady’ status is believed to mean that a woman is still in her reproductive years. The women who are ‘BreedReady’ in the database are between 18 and 39 years old
The women featured in the database are believed to be single – with 89 per cent of the list unmarried, a further 10 per cent divorced, and the final one per cent widows.
Mr Gevers told the Guardian that he was unsure who owned the database, which could belong to a dating app, a government registry or some other organisation.
He added that some of the entries have Facebook profiles linked to them, as well as videos and their education level.
Earlier this year China’s population shrank for the first time, with the number of live births nationwide in 2018 falling by 2.5 million year-on-year.
For decades, the world’s most populous nation limited families to one child to keep growth sustainable, only abandoning the policy in 2016 over concerns about an ageing society and shrinking workforce.
Since the ban was reversed, births have not increased as much as forecast, and there has been rising speculation the government will further ease restrictions.
It comes after China’s population shrank for the first time earlier this year with the number of live births nationwide in 2018 falling by 2.5 million (file photo)