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Technology China launches mandatory face scans for mobile users

19:50  01 december  2019
19:50  01 december  2019 Source:   qz.com

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China will require telecom operators to collect face scans when registering new phone users at offline outlets starting Sunday, according to the country's information In addition to mobile users , the Twitter-like Chinese social media site Weibo was forced to roll out real-name registration in 2012.

Telecom operators must now collect face scans when registering users of new phones at stores across China . Last month, one of the country's China 's mass surveillance strategy moved up a step on Sunday as new mobile phone users were told to undergo face scans to help prove their identities.

A new rule requiring face scans of customers signing up for new mobile plans in China came into effect Sunday (Dec. 1), amid widespread adoption of facial-recognition technology across the country.

a man wearing a hat and sunglasses: A man walks past a poster simulating facial recognition software © Provided by Quartz A man walks past a poster simulating facial recognition software

In September, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced the change (link in Chinese) in a notice to telecom operators, saying it would “protect the legitimate rights and interest of citizens in cyberspace.” The notice said that “artificial intelligence and other technical methods” should be used to match the faces of customers buying new SIM cards with their identity documents.

China introduces mandatory face scans for phone users

  China introduces mandatory face scans for phone users China will require telecom operators to collect face scans when registering new phone users at offline outlets starting Sunday, according to the country's information technology authority, as Beijing continues to tighten cyberspace controls. In September, China's industry and information technology ministry issued a notice on "safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of citizens online", which laid out rules for enforcing real-name registration.

China will require telecom operators to collect face scans when registering new phone users at offline outlets starting Sunday, according to the country's information In addition to mobile users , the Twitter-like Chinese social media site Weibo was forced to roll out real-name registration in 2012.

People in China are now required to have their faces scanned when registering new mobile phone services, as the authorities seek to verify the identities of the country's hundreds of millions of internet users . The regulation, announced in September, was due to come into effect on Sunday.

The policy is part of a broader push by the Chinese government to limit people’s ability to stay anonymous online. Under existing rules, consumers applying for new phone numbers need to show their national identification card and have their photos taken. Concerned citizens and privacy rights activists say the face-scan policy takes things too far. The BBC reports that social media users appear worried that their biometric data could be compromised.

Facial-recognition technology is already used for a wide array of services in China, including financial payments. While many consumers have embraced the technology, there has been some blowback. Last month Guo Bing, an associate law professor at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, sued Hangzhou Safari Park in eastern China because it forced seasonal ticket holders to go through a facial-recognition lane instead of its previous policy of scanning fingerprints. It’s one of the first lawsuits targeting the technology in the country, and China Daily reports that a court in Hangzhou will hear the case.

China introduces mandatory face scans for phone users

  China introduces mandatory face scans for phone users China will require telecom operators to collect face scans when registering new phone users at offline outlets starting Sunday, according to the country's information technology authority, as Beijing continues to tighten cyberspace controls. In September, China's industry and information technology ministry issued a notice on "safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of citizens online", which laid out rules for enforcing real-name registration. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

China will require telecom operators to collect face scans when registering new phone users at offline outlets starting on Sunday, according to the country's information In addition to mobile users , the Twitter-like Chinese social media site Weibo was forced to roll out real-name registration in 2012.

China will require telecom operators to collect face scans when registering new phone users at offline outlets starting Sunday, according to the country's information technology authority, as In addition to mobile users , Chinese social media site Weibo was forced to roll out real-name registration in 2012.

Meanwhile, the government has continued to use facial-recognition as part of its massive surveillance network, including in the Xinjiang region, where it has been accused of detaining religious and ethnic minorities in what authorities call “re-education” camps.

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Chinese tech giants Tencent and Xiaomi have been reprimanded by Beijing for designing apps that infringe on users' privacy, even as the Communist regime amasses its own collection of personal data. Tencent is China's leading online video game company as well as a giant in messaging and myriad other apps. - Face scans -In September, a face-swapping app named Zao quickly became one of China's most downloaded apps but also triggered a backlash over privacy fears.The app allowed users to insert themselves into scenes from well-known movies using "deepfake" technology.

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