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
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

Topic |   China technology
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
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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