A man gets ready to walk through a subway turnstile equipped with a face scan payment system at Zijingshan station in Zhengzhou, Sept. 27, 2019. Photo: Xinhua

China’s subways embrace facial recognition payment systems despite rising privacy concerns

  • Since the service began trials in September, nearly 200,000 commuters in Zhengzhou have elected to authorise face-scan payments
Topic |   Artificial intelligence

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A man gets ready to walk through a subway turnstile equipped with a face scan payment system at Zijingshan station in Zhengzhou, Sept. 27, 2019. Photo: Xinhua
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Sarah Dai

Sarah Dai

Sarah Dai, based in Beijing, covers technology and capital flows in the world of start-ups in Greater China. Previously, she worked as financial correspondent for Caixin Media in Hong Kong for over two years and wrote for China Daily in Beijing and London.