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Technology A new Chinese police app allows peer-to-peer facial scans

13:36  02 december  2019
13:36  02 december  2019 Source:   qz.com

China now requires face scans to sign up for phone service

  China now requires face scans to sign up for phone service China is as determined as ever to link real identities to the digital world. As of December 1st, anyone signing up for a new cellphone or cellular data contract is required to not only show their national ID card, but submit to a face scan to verify that identity. It's ostensibly meant to reduce fraud, but it also reduces your ability to use phone services in an anonymous way -- it'll be that much easier for the Chinese government to silence dissenters.There are privacy issues beyond that, too.

China already uses facial recognition technology to survey its population. It is a world leader in such But now, they will also have their faces scanned in order to verify that they are a genuine match for In 2017, for example, new rules required internet platforms to verify a user's true identity before letting

The facial recognition technology, which is integrated into China ’s rapidly expanding networks of The New York Times also reviewed databases used by the police , government procurement documents Listen to ‘The Daily’: The Chinese Surveillance State, Part 1. Using facial recognition software for

China’s obsession with facial-recognition has already seen the country use the technology for everything from catching jaywalkers to registering a mobile number. Now a new police app is inviting people to request face scans from their personal contacts—among the first applications of peer-to-peer use of the technology

a man standing in front of a television screen: A promotion video shows an actor wearing LLVision facial recognition smart glasses during a demonstration at the company's office in Beijing, China February 28, 2018. Picture taken February 28, 2018.© Provided by Quartz A promotion video shows an actor wearing LLVision facial recognition smart glasses during a demonstration at the company's office in Beijing, China February 28, 2018. Picture taken February 28, 2018.

The police bureau in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, near Hong Kong, rolled out an app named Zhen Ni (The Real You), last week (Nov. 27). The program is embedded in China’s digital ID system, a program from the Ministry of Public Security that works on the messaging platform WeChat, and allows enables users to upload details from their national identity cards to use their phones as virtual IDs in order to book hotels or purchase train tickets.

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.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.

The Chinese government is equipping its police with real-time facial recognition sunglasses to instantly locate criminals in crowds. During the first five days of February, the face- scanning glasses helped to identify seven fugitives and 26 people who were traveling with fraudulent IDs, according to

Chinese railway police are using facial -recognition sunglasses to catch suspects at train stations in Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province. The glasses are likely here to stay, having arrived just weeks before Chinese New Year when it is expected that 389 million train trips will be taken

The program is being promoted by the Guangzhou police as their latest effort to weed out online fraud. In its short promotional video, it listed several scenarios in which the program could be used. For example, it showed a woman receiving a request from a colleague to urgently transfer money via WeChat—the kind of unexpected request that might come from a hacked or stolen phone. Using the app she sends her colleague a link that allows them to scan their face and verify their identity before she transfers the money. The police bureau said it could also be used for an added layer of safety during online dating, or when companies recruit employees.

Chinese companies want to help shape global facial recognition standards

  Chinese companies want to help shape global facial recognition standards The use of facial recognition technology is continuing to expand, despite concerns about its accuracy and fairness and about how it could be used by governments to spy on people. These concerns have been heightened following a report by the Financial Times which shows that Chinese groups have a significant influence in shaping international standards regarding the technology. The report details how Chinese companies including ZTE, Dahua and China Telecom are proposing standards for facial recognition to the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the body responsible for global technical standards in the telecommunication industry.

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. The Agence France-Presse news agency cited a source from the state-owned telecoms giant China Unicom as saying the "portrait matching"

Chinese railway police are using facial -recognition sunglasses to catch suspects at train stations in Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province. The new accessories were unveiled ahead of the Chinese New Year rush and have already been used to arrest people.

Guangzhou police are also planning to launch the feature on Alipay, the country’s most widely used payments app, owned by Chinese fintech giant Ant Financial, as well as other popular apps.

The program requires users to prove their own identity first by filling in ID details and have their face scanned. They can then verify other WeChat users by sending them the link to the program, which will compare the users’ face with their registered digital IDs, according to a report (link in Chinese) by Guangzhou Daily.

a person standing in front of a screen: Zhen Ni app© Provided by Quartz Zhen Ni app

Zhen Ni requires users to scan their face.

Peer-to-peer uses of facial recognition aren’t common yet, but 2019 has seen at least one other effort to deploy the technology for individual use—to be able to identify venture capitalists in the wild in San Francisco.

China has taken the lead in terms of deploying advanced surveillance technologies, especially facial recognition, with some of its tech champions, such as Megvii and Sensetime, among the major developers of the tech worldwide. Both companies have been put on a trade blacklist by the US, which said the firms were implicated in human rights violations in China’s far western region Xinjiang, where facial-recognition monitoring is widespread. Sensetime has said it was disappointed in the US move, and that the use of its technology is governed by a code of ethics, while Megvii said there were “no grounds” for it to be added to the list.

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.

As hundreds of millions of Chinese begin traveling for the Lunar New Year holiday, police are showing off a new addition to their The mobile devices could expand the reach of that surveillance, allowing authorities to peer into places that fixed cameras aren’t scanning , and to respond more quickly.

Chinese railway police are using facial -recognition sunglasses to catch suspects at train stations in Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province. The glasses are likely here to stay, having arrived just weeks before Chinese New Year when it is expected that 389 million train trips will be taken

There are no overarching rules in China that dictate how biometric data, like faces, should be collected and stored, but the country is starting to see some backlash against the use of facial recognition in China, nonetheless. Last month, China saw its first lawsuit filed over the use of the technology by a Chinese law professor in eastern Zhejiang province. The professor sued a local safari park after it began forcing visitors to scan their faces to enter the park. The case has not been heard yet, but the park decided to allow visitors to opt between having their face scanned or using a fingerprint system—which still means the collection of visitors’ biometric data.

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