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Technology China implements mandatory face scans for mobile phone users, report says

00:01  03 december  2019
00:01  03 december  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Chinese telecom operators are now reportedly required to scan the faces of people registering new phones . The mandatory "portrait matching China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile , the country's three largest carriers, are state-owned. It's not known at this time how the law will apply to

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

Chinese telecom operators are now reportedly required to scan the faces of people registering new phones . The mandatory "portrait matching," which officially began Sunday, means customers have to record themselves turning their head and blinking if they want to register for a new phone number. The mandate is part of China's plan to tighten cyberspace controls and crack down on fraud.

a close up of a blue wall: Registering a phone number in China just got very personal. James Martin/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Registering a phone number in China just got very personal. James Martin/CNET

A notice about the change from the country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology went out in September, according to a Sunday report from AFP. The notice, obtained by AFP, said that telecom operators should use "artificial intelligence and other technical means" to verify a person's identity when they get a new number. In addition, the notice said the ministry will continue to "increase supervision and inspection."

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 The notice said telecom operators should use "artificial intelligence and other technical means" to In addition to mobile users , Chinese social media site Weibo was forced to roll out real-name

China will require telecom operators to collect face scans when registering new phone users at offline outlets starting Sunday, according to the © WANG ZHAO In September, China 's information technology ministry said telecom operators should use 'technical means' to verify phone user 's

a close up of a fan: Registering a phone number in China just got very personal. © CNET

Registering a phone number in China just got very personal.

China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile, the country's three largest carriers, are state-owned. It's not known at this time how the law will apply to existing accounts, according to Reuters.

Facial recognition has been gaining momentum in China. The country is home to Megvii and SenseTime, two of the world's leading facial recognition companies. Supermarkets, subway systems and airports already use facial recognition technology. Alibaba, an online e-commerce company, lets people pay with their face in some locations, according to Reuters.

By 2020, China plans to give all of its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score, based on behavior, using facial recognition, artificial intelligence, smart glasses and other technologies to monitor and rate its citizens -- a plan which has raised numerous privacy concerns from US officials.

CNET reached out to the Chinese Embassy and we'll update when we hear back.

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China now requires mandatory facial scans for cell phones users .
Cell phone users in China must now submit face scans, and digital privacy critics are wary. The new regulations were announced by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology as a way to protect citizens' interests and rights in cyberspace, as well as to protect against fraud, in a statement. The new facial scan requirement took effect on Sunday.

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