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China Announces Measures To Limit The Use Of Facial Recognition Software


China Announces Measures To Limit The Use Of Facial Recognition Software
China intends to limit the use of facial recognition technology by enterprises in favour of non-biometric personal identification techniques, according to draft regulations from the Cyberspace Administration published on Tuesday.
The proposed guideline stipulates that any use of facial recognition must have individual agreement and a clear objective.
“If there are non-biometric verification technology for achieving a similar purpose or business requirements, those non-biometric verification methods should be preferred,” the draft said in Chinese, translated by CNBC.
Individual consent isn't necessary in several administrative circumstances, albeit the draught omitted to mention these. The proposed regulations encourage the use of national systems if facial recognition is employed.
The outline guidelines said that installation of image collection and personal identification equipment in public areas should be done for the maintenance of public safety and noted that it is necessary to have appropriate notice.
In light of reports that businesses have assisted Chinese authorities in their use of facial recognition and artificial intelligence to target the Uighur Muslim minority in the nation, the planned policy seems timely.
At the time, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed CNBC that big data and contemporary digital goods are used to "improve social management" and scorned the aforementioned study as "pure slander."
In other nations, surveillance programmes are also using facial recognition.
Late last year, Radio City Music Hall's operator, Madison Square Garden Entertainment, used face recognition technology to deny a woman entry because she claimed to be an attorney for a firm involved in lawsuit against the venue.
How tests are conducted on facial recognition?
Facial recognition has been tested by businesses in China for use in convenience stores.
Facial recognition technology has been implemented in some apartment buildings so that residents can enter by just scanning their faces. In Beijing, some subway turnstiles have what appear to be facial recognition scanners installed, but they are still hidden.
Chinese ID holders can enter the train station and platform at high-speed train stations by just swiping their ticket-linked ID cards, occasionally with the help of facial recognition.
When the technology might be limited?
According to the Cyberspace Administration of China's proposed regulations, facial recognition should not be used to confirm a person's identification at airports, hotels, railways, banks, stadiums, exhibition halls, or other business venues unless allowed by law.
The draught stated that firms should not require customers to use facial recognition in order to receive better services, but it did not explain what the law's standards would be.
The ruling noted that if individuals don't consent to facial recognition, management should offer other "reasonable and convenient" options if they want to enter or exit the building.
The proposed regulations stated that devices for gathering photos or personal information must not be installed in hotel rooms, public restrooms, changing rooms, or baths.
Public comments on the draught are welcome until September 7.
Draft regulations to limit the amount of time kids can spend using their phones and to tighten the rules governing the protection of personal data were published last week by China's burgeoning cybersecurity regulator. Public comments are welcome on the suggested regulations.