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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Shanghai airport introduces fully automated facial-recognition kiosks Related reading: Facebook employees found to have access to millions of plain-text user passwords



Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport unveiled self-service kiosks fueled by facial-recognition technology for flight and baggage check-in, security clearance and boarding, The Province reports. The system is being touted as the first fully automated operation in China but has raised privacy concerns for some. Maya Wang, senior China researcher for Human Rights Watch, said, “Authorities are using biometric and artificial intelligence to record and track people for social control purposes,” adding, “We are concerned about the increasing integration and use of facial recognition technologies throughout the country because it provides more and more data points for the authorities to track people.” The system is currently available to those with a Chinese identity card, and it is expected that the system will be introduced to Beijing and Nanyang city.
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