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China Drafts Rules for Facial Recognition Technology


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A woman in front of facial recognition camera-controlled gates at Peking University in Beijing, China.

The Cyberspace Administration of China said facial recognition technology can only be used to process facial information when there is a specific purpose and sufficient necessity, and with strict protective measures.

Credit: Thomas Peter/Reuters

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said it has issued draft rules governing the use of facial recognition technology amid public concerns about its overuse.

The regulator said the technology can only be used to process facial information if a specific purpose and sufficient necessity exists, with stringent protections in place.

The CAC also said facial recognition is only allowed by individual consent, and non-biometric identification would be preferable in situations where both it and facial recognition are equally effective.

The rules prohibit the installation of image-capturing and personal identification devices in hotel rooms, public restrooms, changing rooms, toilets, and other places that may intrude upon others' privacy.

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