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In depth: Rapid rollout of facial recognition sparks public pushback

Few places in the world have embraced facial recognition technology with quite the fervency of China. The technology is used to access colleges, residential communities, and businesses. Since 2018, tech giants have promoted its use to let people pay for goods and services without the aid of a smartphone.
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Pedestrians cross the street in China’s Zhengzhou after the traffic signal with facial-recognition technology turned red. Getty Images
Pedestrians cross the street in China’s Zhengzhou after the traffic signal with facial-recognition technology turned red.
By Jia Jianxing and Mo Yelin In the narrow space behind an elevator door, a worker stands on his yellow toolbox tinkering with something, tools scattered on the ground. A local resident asks what he’s up to, and he says he’s installing a new device. “It projects advertising. But inside, there’s a hidden facial recognition system.” This scene played
of Social Sciences’ Duan suggested that China should designate facial recognition as a technology that requires strong regulation. “To put it simply, a camera should only be allowed to be deployed with permission, and according to law,” he said. (Xiang Siqi and Shi Wanshuang contributed to report.) (Copyright: Project Syndicate , 2019 Source: Caixin Global)
By Jia Jianxing and Mo Yelin In the narrow space behind an elevator door, a worker stands on his yellow toolbox tinkering with something, tools scattered on the ground. A local resident asks what he’s up to, and he says he’s installing a new device. “It projects advertising. But inside, there’s a hidden facial recognition system.” This scene played of Social Sciences’ Duan suggested that China should designate facial recognition as a technology that requires strong regulation. “To put it simply, a camera should only be allowed to be deployed with permission, and according to law,” he said. (Xiang Siqi and Shi Wanshuang contributed to report.) (Copyright: Project Syndicate , 2019 Source: Caixin Global)

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