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Visitors to China's Xinjiang region made to install app

Some visitors to China's western province of Xinjiang are being made to install an Android smartphone app that collects text messages, contacts and other data from handsets, according to a investigation.

The Guardian, New York Times, Motherboard and two German news organisations - Süddeutsche Zeitung and NDR - have collaborated on the report.

The region is home to the Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic minority facing persecution and surveillance.

Motherboard has uploaded a copy of the software for others to inspect.

The Guardian said that the Chinese authorities had been contacted for comment but there was no reply before publication.

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