China launches mandatory facial recognition for mobile phone users

China on Sunday introduced a new rule that requires people to have their faces scanned when registering mobile phone services, as experts and even state media raised concerns there were not sufficient measures in place to safeguard people’s privacy.

Before the introduction of the new requirement, which was announced in September by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, people registering for mobile phone services had to provide only a copy of their identity card.

The ministry said the new measure would help to stem the resale of sim cards and protect people from unknowingly registering for phone services in the event of their identities being stolen.

Facial recognition technology has many applications in the commercial, security and surveillance sectors. PHOTO: South China Morning Post

Many online services and social media in China are tied to mobile phone numbers to ensure users are traceable.

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