China’s 854 million internet users are now required to use facial identification in order to apply for new internet or mobile services.
The Chinese government announced in September that telecommunications companies will need to scan users’ faces in order to verify their identities before they can access new services.
The new rule went into effect on December 1 and is part of China’s wider efforts to keep close tabs on its citizens and monitor their activities and behaviors.
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Chinese citizens will now have to start using facial identification in order to sign up for internet services or get a new mobile number.
The Chinese government announced in September that residents applying for a new mobile or internet device will have their faces scanned by telecommunications carriers. The new rules went into effect on December 1.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), which is the state agency responsible for internet and technology regulation, wrote that the decision was part of its moves to “safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of citizens in the cyberspace” and prevent fraud, according to Quartz.
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