China has very specific rules on technology, the Internet and population control. In this sense, starting today, all Chinese citizens will have to undergo a facial scan to have telephone service in the country.
This measure aims to reduce SIM card and service contract fraud, but could also be used to further control citizens. How long will these threats to user privacy continue?
It may not seem logical or even possible, but the face recognition system in China is reaching levels of quality and detail that have never been seen before. There are already records of cases in which facial recognition found men in a crowd of 50,000.
Contributing to this reality and the remarkable evolution of technology in this eastern country, contributes the database that government and business partnerships have. Biometric data from its users and citizens are collected on a large scale and then used to improve these systems.
Despite the evolution of technology that fascinates us, there are dangers associated with it. One of the most obvious is the privacy threat! China is not exactly an example. And starting today, in order to subscribe to a phone service in the country, you have to undergo a facial scan!
Mobile operators and the Chinese government justify this move in an attempt to end SIM card fraud. The main objective is to use facial recognition as identification and authentication. In other words, by ensuring that it is really a certain person, the Chinese government believes it will ‘safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of citizens in cyberspace’.
The facial scan will be used in addition to the ID card, which was previously requested in China as in other countries. On the Internet, several users in the country have expressed their discontent. Complaints fall mainly on issues of privacy, over-surveillance and population monitoring.
In addition, citizens are concerned that information leaks and their faces may be used by online criminals or for less legal purposes.
China is now considered a “surveillance state” and in many metropolises it is quite common to find advanced facial recognition systems. With this new law, the database will necessarily be larger and more accurate.