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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | City launches facial-recognition payment across subway system Related reading: Microsoft unveils open-source privacy mapping tool

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Zhengzhou is the first city in China to launch facial-recognition technology across its entire subway network, the South China Morning Post reports. Trials began in September, and 200,000 commuters have since elected to use the face-scanning payments. While the expanded use of facial-recognition technology throughout China has raised concerns over data safety and user privacy, State Council Advisory Committee for State Information Member Chen Jing said the payment technology has “bright prospects” over a range of uses. An iiMedia Research report found 118 million residents registered for face-scanning payments this year, compared to 61 million in 2018. That number is expected to exceed 760 million by 2022.
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