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Chinese Citizens Have To Get Their Faces Scanned Before They Could Get Internet Access

So starting December 1st, Chinese citizens are gonna have to let telecommunication companies scan their face before they could be allowed to register for an internet data bundle.

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The China’s Ministry of Industry and information Technology (MIIT) made this known on September 27. According to the statement, the reason for this new development was to “earnestly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of citizens in the cyberspace.”

He went on to add that “On top of requiring carriers to use facial recognition to see whether an applicant matches their ID, people will no longer be able to transfer SIM cards to others. Lastly, MIIT wants carriers to verify whether mobile or landline phones are correctly registered under real names, and terminate those that aren’t.”

If this is done successfully, the Chinese government would be wielding the power to control what people say and do online. It also makes the work of tracking anyone a whole lot easier.

As we all know, the Chinese government already controls whats goes on in their cyberspace like them blocking social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Just last week we witnessed Apple ban an app used by Hong Kong protesters just so they could please the Chinese government.

Mocrosoft’s and China’s largest search engine Bing, have also experienced some kind of restriction recently as well as Google, which has been banned from showing results for some search terms dedicated by the Chinese government.

Right now we don’t know if this is a good development or if it gonna be causing some serious problems because just recently we noticed the Honk Kong government ban protesters from wearing masks, which they used to avoid being recognized by cameras using facial recognition software.

And now they are talking about every telecommunication company using facial recognition. (I smell something fishy here)

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