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China found using surveillance firms to help write ethnic-tracking specs

China enlisted surveillance firms to help draw up standards for mass facial recognition systems, researchers said, warning that an unusually heavy emphasis on tracking characteristics such as ethnicity created wide scope for abuse.

The technical standards, published by surveillance research group IPVM, specify how data captured by facial recognition cameras across China should be segmented by dozens of characteristics – from eyebrow size to skin color and ethnicity.

The standards are driving the way surveillance networks are being built across the country – from residential developments in the capital, Beijing, to police systems in the central province of Hubei.

Source: China found using surveillance firms to help write ethnic-tracking specs | Reuters

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