Chinese authorities on Sunday put into effect new regulations that require Chinese telecom carriers to scan the faces of users registering new mobile phone services; a move the government says is aimed at cracking down on fraud.
Earlier announced in September, mean millions more people will come under the purview of facial recognition technology in China.
Industry and Information Technology ministry did not say which companies will provide the telecoms providers with these services but China is home to some of the world’s leaders in facial recognition software, including Megvii and Sense Time.
China’s telecom operators must now use facial recognition technology and other means to verify the identity of people opening new mobile phone accounts.
According to Reuters, the technology is currently being tested in areas such as street crossings to catch jaywalkers and China has announced that it will eventually expand its use to others like student registrations for its National College Entrance Examination.
Country’s Internet regulator announced new rules governing the use of deepfake technology, which uses AI to create hyper-realistic videos where a person appears to say or do something they did not.