China Implements Mandatory Facial Recognition Scans For New Cell Phone Users

    Date04 Dec 2019
    CategoryPrivacy
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    Posted ByBrittany Day
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    The government claims that the new requirement will prevent fraud for citizens, but critics see it as the furthering of invasive surveillance measures. What are your thoughts? Learn more in an interesting Security Today article:

    All new cell phone users in China must submit a facial scan to the country’s technology agency after new regulations went into effect on Sunday. 

    The government’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said that the new requirement, which will not affect phone numbers already registered before Dec. 1, is meant to protect Chinese citizens’ “legitimate rights and interests in cyberspace,” according to CNN.

    Officials say that the regulations will prevent fraud, but critics see the measure as yet another way that Chinese officials are removing anonymity from the internet and conducting more intense surveillance of users.

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