How China Tracks Everyone
China is actively adopting face recognition technology
Beijing on Sunday enacted new rules that require Chinese carriers to scan the faces of users registering for mobile services. This step is aimed at combating fraud.
The rules, first announced in September, mean millions more people will fall under the scope of facial recognition technology in China.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) did not say which companies will provide these services to providers, but several world leaders in facial recognition software are based in the country, including Megvii and SenseTime..
The three largest telecom operators in China are state-owned China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile.
Supermarkets, subways and airports are already using this technology. Alibaba gives customers the option to pay for purchases this way at their Hema supermarket chain and their own hotel in Hangzhou, where guests can scan their face with smartphones to pre-check in.
Subway systems in some major Chinese cities have announced that they intend to use the technology, and the government newspaper China Daily has said that Beijing will use it to “passenger classification”, to ensure “various security checks”.
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In July, the media reported that Beijing was in the process of installing facial recognition systems at the entrances of 59 public residential buildings..
Also, the Chinese police are known for having high-tech surveillance devices such as glasses with built-in face recognition..
CCTV technology has faced public criticism, but it has mostly been anonymous controversy on social media platforms such as Weibo..
Some users claim it is necessary to combat fraudulent activities such as phone calls. However, there are those who have raised concerns about its implications for personal data, privacy and ethics..
The technology is currently being tested in areas such as street crossings to identify unwary pedestrians. But Beijing intends to expand its use to register students for college entrance exams..
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