Chinese residents are growing increasingly vocal about privacy concerns regarding the use of facial recognition as the technology outpaces regulation, the South China Morning Post reports. “[Airports], train stations, stores and hotels — almost every organisation asks for facial data,” software developer Qiyu Wang said. “But no one tells me why they collect the data and how they protect it.” A total of 200 million closed-circuit TV cameras are reportedly in use in China, and that number is expected to more than triple by 2020. Authorities are reportedly drafting a new law to protect personal data, according to National People’s Congress spokesman Zhang Yesui, though it is unknown when that will come to fruition.
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