Want a new phone in the People’s Republic of China? You have to give up an image of your face to the government.
The requirement, which came into effect Sunday, is aimed at minimizing telephone fraud and preventing the reselling and illegal transfer of mobile phone cards, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a notice in September.
Right. That’s believable. Never mind that
…facial recognition becomes more and more prevalent in [the PRC], with authorities applying artificial intelligence to sift through reams of data collected in a bid to boost the economy and centralize oversight of the population.
These are the guys our Big Tech is so anxious to do business with—especially in facial recognition and artificial intelligence technology development.