Internet speeds, quality of jobs and schools, and pet ownership are among the things at risk if residents don’t keep up a good “social credit” score.
Plans were announced in 2014 to implement a nationwide system by 2020, but such an ambitious program largely does not exist at present. Beijing will however become the largest and most visible area to score residents.
The plan encourages government bodies in the city to share credit information for coordinated actions, China Daily says.
Those with better so-called social credit will get “green channel” benefits while those who violate laws will find life more difficult.
The Beijing project will improve blacklist systems so that those deemed untrustworthy will be “unable to move even a single step,” according to the government’s plan.