Guangdong authorities are planning to increase their video and internet surveillance technology to cover all public places in the province, Chinese media reported. The extent of such public surveillance is currently a contentious issue in China. Police are planning to link all closed-circuit televisions in public places to a monitor centres. And they will also be able to survey all online activities via public networks, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported, quoting guidelines recently distributed at a public security convention. By 2022, the police should be ready to employ facial recognition technology in almost all its video surveillance systems, the document predicted. It said these measures were aimed at maintaining public order in the region. Guangdong provincial secretary Zhu Mingguo said in the meeting that security was vital in the Pearl River Delta. “The region is the engine of economic and social development of Guangdong. It ought to have the best public security,” he was quoted as saying. At present, every police bureau at a Guangdong is equipped with a video surveillance control centre. There are over 1.8 million surveillance video cameras in the province, a police spokesman said.