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Oct 03, 2019, 05:59 AM
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Beijing Launches New Rule: Residents Must Pass Facial Recognition Test to Surf Intern


The Chinese regime announced a new rule which requires residents to pass a facial recognition test in order to apply for an internet connection via smartphone or computer.

The rule will be implemented from Dec. 1, 2019. In addition, no cell phone or landline number can be transferred to another person privately.

This is an upgraded restriction after the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) required all applicants to present a valid ID and personal information to register for a cell phone or a landline number since January 2015.

New Rule

MIIT published the new rule on its official website and distributed it to all telecom carriers on Sept. 27, which includes three main requests.

First, all telecom carriers must use facial recognition to test whether an applicant who applies for internet connection is the owner of the ID that they use since Dec. 1. At the same time, the carriers must test that the ID is genuine and valid.

Second, all telecom carriers must upgrade their service’s terms and conditions and notify all their customers that they are not allowed to transfer or resell their cell phone SIM card to another person by the end of November 2019.

Third, telecom carriers should help their customers to check whether there are cell phone or landline numbers that don’t belong to them but registered under their names since Dec. 1. For unidentified numbers, the telecom carries must investigate and close the lines immediately.

MIIT said in the notice that it will arrange for supervisors to check each telecom carrier’s performance, and will arrange inspections to make sure all carriers will follow the rule strictly.

“The reason why the Chinese regime asks people to register their real identities to surf the internet is because it wants to control people’s speech,” U.S.-based commentator Tang Jingyuan told The Epoch Times on Sept. 27.

Authorities arrested hundreds of Chinese people in recent years because they posted a topic that the regime deemed sensitive, including the most recent Hong Kong protests.

“MIIT’s new rule on using facial recognition to identify an internet user means the government can easily track their online activities, including their social media posts and websites they visit,” Tang said.“Then these people become scared of sharing their real opinions online because their comments could anger the authorities and they could get arrested for it.”

Tang concluded: “I think MIIT’s new rule takes away freedom of speech from Chinese people completely.”

Facial Recognition in China

The Chinese regime has used facial recognition systems to monitor people for several years now.

In cities and public spaces such as train stations, airports, government buildings, and entrances of museums, police use smart glasses to check each passerby’s identity and whether they have a criminal record.

On the streets, millions of surveillance cameras capture and track people’s movements.

At crosswalks, facial recognition systems record jaywalkers, who are then fined 20 yuan ($2.81), and docked points on their social credit score. The Chinese regime’s social credit system assigns each citizen a score of social “trustworthiness.” A person with a low social credit score may not be allowed to board a train or airplane, or their child may not be admitted to a reputable school.

Inside classrooms, facial recognition technology monitors each student and reports their actions to the teacher and parents.

Even inside public restrooms, tourists and residents have to use facial recognition system to get toilet paper.

The Chinese regime hopes to install enough surveillance cameras to cover the entire country.

According to the latest report of U.S. based market research firm IDC, China spent $10.6 billion on video surveillance equipment in 2018, and spending will reach $20.1 billion in 2023. 64.3 percent of the spending in 2018 accounted for surveillance cameras.

IDC reported on Jan. 30 that it predicted China would have 2.76 billion surveillance cameras installed in 2022.

Oct 03, 2019, 09:04 AM
Free my speech
I wonder how this will pan out?

People have already been pushed to suicide over the social credit score thing. Wondering what Hong Kong’s people will do in this short period of time
Oct 03, 2019, 09:08 AM
For your own good.
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That is happening right now in America. Everywhere you go facial recognition cameras are tracking you.
Oct 03, 2019, 09:11 AM
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Big Brother 1984 in your home now.
Oct 03, 2019, 09:13 AM
For your own good.
BE77 Pilot's Avatar
Listening devices are recording conversations in your home now. Every phone tracks your every move. Weird.
Oct 03, 2019, 09:16 AM
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True but so do some TV's. also your little helper from google if you have one.
Oct 03, 2019, 11:05 AM
Free my speech
Originally Posted by BE77 Pilot
Listening devices are recording conversations in your home now. Every phone tracks your every move. Weird.
Even my Nokia 6010? Wow, they really thought ahead.
Oct 03, 2019, 12:47 PM
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When I read the title ....for some reason I thought it said..”fecal recognition”..... I need to get my glass when I am looking at this stuff on my phone.
Oct 03, 2019, 01:20 PM
Earth girls are easy!
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Take an 8x10 photo of one of your boot-licking neighbors and hold it up for internet access.
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Oct 03, 2019, 07:37 PM
turn, turn, turn.
I'll tell you what... it would sure save national security a lot of time and effort, and stop a lot of terrorists from using our infrastructure against us.

In fact, as an American, I demand it!
Oct 03, 2019, 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by BACKEMFNRG
Even my Nokia 6010? Wow, they really thought ahead.
More power to you!

I'm stuck being part of the "smart phone crowd" due to business requirements but my retirement is only 10 years away, now and I have already told the wife I will not be carrying a phone with me, ever.

"What if you get in a motorcycle wreck and need help?" she says. Well, I'll die alone, in peace, which is what I will have had a lot of without a smart phone.
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Oct 03, 2019, 10:02 PM
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And what is the big deal?, only the ugly ones should worry ....
Oct 03, 2019, 10:04 PM
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Intern surfing!!
Oct 03, 2019, 11:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Kenny Sharp
I'll tell you what... it would sure save national security a lot of time and effort, and stop a lot of terrorists from using our infrastructure against us.

In fact, as an American, I demand it!
The smarter people are always ahead of the game. The rich will buy their expertise. The users of a secured system tend to do things they would not on an unsecured system. So it becomes a more desirable target, with greater capabilities to someone that has hacked in.

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