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Facial recognition fails in China as people wear masks to avoid coronavirus

Face ID fails users as the China coronavirus outbreak sparks widespread adoption of surgical masks.

For hundreds of millions of people in China, the spread of the new coronavirus has caused abrupt changes to the smallest of habits — even a gesture that most in the country are used to by now: Looking into the camera for facial recognition.

Residents donning surgical face masks while venturing outside their homes or meeting strangers have found themselves in an unfamiliar conundrum. With their faces half-covered, some are unable to unlock their phones or use mobile payments with their faces.

Source: Facial recognition fails in China as people wear masks to avoid coronavirus – Face ID fails users as the China coronavirus outbreak sparks widespread adoption of surgical masks | Abacus

In China’s digital courts, judges are AI and verdicts come via chat app

Artificial-intelligence judges, cybercourts and verdicts delivered on chat apps — welcome to China’s brave new world of justice.

China’s digitalisation efforts include a “mobile court” offered on popular social media platform WeChat that has already handled more than 3 million legal cases or other judicial procedures since its launch in March, according to the Supreme People’s Court.

Source: In brave new world of China’s digital courts, judges are AI and verdicts come via chat app | The Japan Times

TikTok found secretly transferring user data to China

According to a lawsuit file by a college student TikTok has been secretly transferring user data to China without gaining consent.

The class-action lawsuit filed in California, accuses TikTok of secretly harvesting large amounts of personally identifiable user data and sending it to China. In addition, the lawsuit accuses TikTok and its parent company ByteDance, of taking user content without their consent.

Source: #Privacy: TikTok found secretly transferring user data to China – PrivSec Report

China Uses DNA to Map Faces, With Help From the West

Beijing’s pursuit of control over a Muslim ethnic group pushes the rules of science and raises questions about consent.

The technology, which is also being developed in the United States and elsewhere, is in the early stages of development and can produce rough pictures good enough only to narrow a manhunt or perhaps eliminate suspects. But in the long term it may even be possible for the government to feed images produced from a DNA sample into the mass surveillance and facial recognition systems that it is building, tightening its grip on society by improving its ability to track dissidents and protesters as well as criminals.

Source: China Uses DNA to Map Faces, With Help From the West – The New York Times

China requests internet companies to tighten data privacy as consumer anxiety rises

China is currently working on new data privacy laws as governments around the world address rising consumer anxiety as more services become a digital experience.

China’s authorities have requested that internet companies strengthen protection of personal data amid rising concerns that some are violating consumer privacy by stealing, trading or revealing personal information in the name of conducting big data research.

Source: China requests internet companies to tighten data privacy as consumer anxiety rises | South China Morning Post

China Sharpens Hacking to Hound Its Minorities, Far and Wide

New, more sophisticated attacks are targeting Uighurs’ phones — even iPhones and even abroad, security researchers say. They warn that foreigners could be next.

“The Chinese use their best tools against their own people first because that is who they’re most afraid of,” said James A. Lewis, a former United States government official who writes on cybersecurity and espionage for the Center for Strategic Studies in Washington. “Then they turn those tools on foreign targets.”

Source: China Sharpens Hacking to Hound Its Minorities, Far and Wide – The New York Times

Apple Shares Some Browsing History with Chinese Company

The company acknowledged it’s using ‘safe browsing’ technology from Tencent, which has ties to the Chinese government.

Apple is sending some browsing history of iOS 13 Safari users to Tencent Holdings Limited, a Chinese multinational conglomerate. The data shared is tied to the Safari Safe Browsing technology. Revelations of the relationship have drawn criticism from security and privacy experts.

Source: Apple Shares Some Browsing History with Chinese Company | Threatpost

China to Require Facial Recognition for Internet, Cell Phones

Starting December 1, Chinese citizens will have to allow telecommunications carriers to scan their faces when signing up for internet access or to get a new phone number.

Registering your face in exchange for internet access just makes it easier to track what you post on social media, and what websites you might frequent. The Chinese government already has a vise-grip on the internet, in which sites like Facebook and Twitter are blocked.

Source: China to Require Facial Recognition for Internet, Cell Phones

Chinese shoppers adopt facial payments in cashless drive

China’s shoppers are increasingly purchasing goods with just a turn of their heads as the country embraces facial payment technology.

The software is already widely used, often to monitor citizens – it has been credited with nabbing jaywalkers and catching criminals. But authorities have come under fire for using it to crack down and monitor dissent, particularly in China’s surveillance-heavy region of Xinjiang.

Despite the concerns over data security and privacy, consumers seem unperturbed as facial recognition payment hits the high streets.

Source: Chinese shoppers adopt facial payments in cashless drive | Technology – Gulf News

China camera apps may open up user data to Beijing government requests

In the wake of growing global concerns over internet privacy and security protection, cybersecurity experts say Chinese companies cannot deny the government if asked for data.

China’s mobile programs count hundreds of millions of active users, but their capacity to ensure privacy remains a matter of debate — especially since there’s less of an emphasis on that factor at home.

Source: China camera apps may open up user data to Beijing government requests

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