Social Credit

A bunch of Chinese gov agencies just jointly released a draft of a new “Social Credit System Construction Act” for public comment.

This is the most complete accounting of the social credit system yet. The draft law outlines the government’s responsibility to push forward the development of the social credit system and effectively entrench it into the fabric of Chinese governance.

It also lays out which government agencies are in charge of doing what when it comes to managing all the part of the social credit system.

It also lays out some basic rules for what credit scoring, reporting, investigation, and consultation agencies can and can’t do, who’s in charge of governing them, and how they can and can’t use data.

It outlines what types of incentives can be given to those with good social credit, and which types of penalties can be imposed on those with poor social credit, and draws boundaries around what kinds of blacklists can be developed, and how they should be maintained.

Finally, it outlines rights and protections for anyone subject to the social credit system, penalties for government officials that abuse the system, and penalties for credit agencies that misrepresent information or commit other violations.

This thing has 100+ articles, and there’s no way I can pull all the interesting bits here, but suffice to say this is a reminder that the SCS is a tool aimed at not only citizens, but also companies, state agencies and civil servants, and the legal system itself.

It is a complement to the legal system, arguably as broad as the legal system, and is intended to inorganically create enhanced trust between citizens, market actors, government bodies, and the judiciary. Wild stuff.

Here’s the autotranslated document:



“… which is now open to the public for comments.”

Please remind me of the difference between living in a totalitarian communist system and living in a “democracy”.


Maybe there’s more democracy in China than in the West, and more totalitarian communism in the West than in China.

Ultimately, the -acy and -isms don’t matter, results do, and they’re measured in health and growth.