In September, the Chinese government said it would "restrain and regulate" the use of facial recognition technology in schools after the university statement test used to monitor the presence and behavior of students.
China's use of facial recognition is also cause for some concern - it's using the technology more and more widely, even as other countries confront concerns about its ethical consequences. This will make it easier for the Chinese government to track mobile phone and internet users.
While surveillance technologies have encountered little public opposition, there has been some mostly anonymous debate on social media platforms like Weibo with some questioning what the aim of such a programme is.More news: Best Cyber Monday 2019 Deals
For those who don't know, China already requires the people to submit their national ID proofs before applying for a new SIM or buying a new mobile phone. Telecom operators should use this facial scan to match the identity of the person to their identity documents. The majority of Chinese Internet users access the web through their mobile phones. The law has been brought in to help authorities verify the identities of its millions of citizens and link them to their personal internet activity. Jeffrey Ding, a researcher on Chinese artificial intelligence at Oxford University, told the BBC that although China does intend to use the technology to boost cyber-security and reduce internet fraud, the principal intention is to monitor the population.
"In the next steps, our ministry will continue to increase supervision and inspection and strictly promote the management of real-name registration for phone users", they said at the time.
Facial recognition has been gaining momentum in China. It is used more and more, for example, to pay in shops and supermarkets. Of course, citizens in the country are used to a controlling government.More news: 3 takeaways from clutch rivalry win over Virginia Tech
Telecom operators had until December 1 to begin upgrading their centers with the facial recognition technology.
In early November, a Chinese professor filed a claim against a safari park in Hangzhou, eastern Zhejiang province for requiring face scans for entry, according to the local court.More news: Mauricio Pochettino ready to get straight back to work after Tottenham sack