China to introduce face scans for mobile users

China to introduce face scans for mobile users

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As part of a move to verify the identities of the country's hundreds of millions of internet users, China has decided to introduce face scans for mobile users. The regulation, announced in September will come into effect from Sunday.

From Sunday onwards, People in China required to have their faces scanned when applying for new mobile connections. Earlier too, when signing up for new mobile or mobile data contracts, people need to show their national identification card (as required in many countries) and photos. But now, they will also have their faces scanned in order to verify that they are a genuine match for the ID provided.

Most Chinese internet users access the web via their phones. The news rule will make sure that the true identity of the users verified before letting them post online content.