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China Introduces Mandatory Face Scans for Phone Users


Online, Chinese social media users reacted with a mix of support and worry over the December 1 facial verification notice.

  • Telecom operators to collect face scans when registering new phone user
  • Users may have to record themselves turning their head and blinking
  • "This is a bit too much," wrote one user on Weibo

China will require telecom operators to collect face scans when registering new phone users at offline outlets starting Sunday, according to the country's information technology authority, as Beijing continues to tighten cyberspace controls.

In September, China's industry and information technology ministry issued a notice on ...


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