The Chinese government are attempting to identify and verify the hundreds of millions of citizens who access the internet by introducing face scans to mobile devices. Users will have to register a face scan when setting up new services on their devices.
This new regulation was announced as early as September 2019, but was due to come into play on 1 December (Sunday). This follows a trend in China as the government are already using facial recognition software to survey those living within its borders.
The new rules mean that users will have to scan their faces, as well as providing pictures and a national identification card when signing up for a new mobile data contract.
While the government claim that the new measures are being introduced to “protect the legitimate rights and interest of citizens in cyberspace,” the increased usage of face scanners in the country has divided opinion.
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