CHINA has introduced face scans for all new phone users in yet another chilling Big Brother-style surveillance crackdown.
However, Beijing insists the brand new measures are to protect citizens’ “legitimate rights and interests” and help fight fraud.
Under the no-nonsense rules everybody who purchases a new mobile telephone must submit to an official facial scan.
The country already enforces “real-name registration” policies which require people to link online accounts with their official government ID.
But the latest move – formally adopted Sunday – further removes any sense of anonymity while using the internet, reports CNN.
More than 850 million people across China mainly use their mobiles to access the web, according to the government.
The hardline new rules only apply to mobile phone numbers registered from December 1, and not to those already registered.
Facial recognition is already mainstream in China, operating everywhere from airports to office buildings.
Beijing’s bustling underground system has even began trialling new facial scanners at its security checkpoints.
In September, AI wrote potential breaches involving this type of information could have “severe and lasting” ramifications for the people affected.
“Facial recognition-powered surveillance systems, if improperly deployed or secured, will not only fail to effectively safeguard public safety, but also may infringe on people’ freedom/privacy and provide a source for abuse,” they claimed.
China is also under fire for introducing a”social credit” system which has created a dystopian nightmare where citizens can track each other on radar-style “lowlife” scanners.
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The nightmarish scheme blacklists “lazy” citizens who get into debt or spend their time playing video games in a creepy initiative that could have come straight out of Black Mirror.
Last month we reported how every new phone and computer in Russia must have secret government software installed in a scary crackdown on freedom.
Russia’s lower house of parliament also passed a bill granting government officials the right to register bloggers, journalists and social media users as foreign agents.