20 questions for 2020
Q: Will China take effective measures to better safeguard bio-identification privacy?
A: Face, voice and fingerprint recognition technologies are being increasingly used in different sectors. How to strike a balance between the convenience and security they bring to people and protection of the collected personal information is a pressing issue.
The security of bio-identification technology depends on who uses the technology and how it is used. China already has 40 different laws and rules on online information security and an individual information law is being drafted, but future legislation should stipulate the use and management of bio-identification technology and the information collected, make clear the requirements and conditions for the use of relevant information and technology, each party's responsibilities and set out a clear supervisory mechanism and means of redress.
Moreover, an appraisal mechanism for the use of bio-identification technology and information should be established. And a system should be set up jointly by the government and enterprises to provide effective redress for victims of bioidentification information theft or leaks.