Use of facial recognition technology is widespread in China, but there are signs of a growing demand for better privacy protection. Photo: AFP
Use of facial recognition technology is widespread in China, but there are signs of a growing demand for better privacy protection. Photo: AFP

China’s new data privacy law ‘will state how facial recognition can be used’

  • Personal Information Protection Law will allow use of sensitive information only for specific purposes and when ‘sufficiently necessary’, legislative body says
  • Draft text released for public consultation suggests sensitive information will include ethnicity, religion, facial biometrics and medical health

Use of facial recognition technology is widespread in China, but there are signs of a growing demand for better privacy protection. Photo: AFP
Use of facial recognition technology is widespread in China, but there are signs of a growing demand for better privacy protection. Photo: AFP
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