Taiwan News: China requires face scan for new mobile users

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A regulation that requires Chinese citizens to scan their faces when registering new mobile phones came into effect on Sunday (Dec. 1), as Beijing works to ensure the identities of the country’s internet users.

The Chinese government said the new rule, announced in September, is intended to “protect the legitimate rights and interest of citizens in cyberspace.” According to Liberty Times, Chinese nationals are required to keep their photos on file when purchasing new phones or signing mobile contracts, and the new implementation will strengthen government surveillance over its population.

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