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China is Now Forcing Every Single Phone Users to Go Through Government Mandated Face Scans

This past Sunday, AFP reported that China moved forward with a plan to require telecom operators to collect face scans when they register new phone users at offline outlets according to a report from the country’s information technology ministry.

China’s move to carry out facial scans is part of its campaign to strengthen its cyberspace controls.

In September, China’s industry and information technology ministry released a notice on “safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of citizens online”, which set rules for enforcing real-name registration.

The notice recommended that telecom operators use “artificial intelligence and other technical means” to confirm people’s identities when they acquire a new phone number.

A China Unicom customer service representative told AFP that the December 1 “portrait matching” requirement would make customers […]

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