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Selling of facial recognition data must be made a no-no

China Daily | Updated: 2019-12-02 08:05

THE FACIAL DATA of individuals is for sale online in packages, and one can easily buy the facial information of over 5,000 people at the cost of 10 yuan ($1.4). People's Daily comments:

The selling of facial information might have serious consequences. Facial information is as important as fingerprints and ID cards, and many people link their facial information with payment apps or other software associated with their property and other rights. Should one's facial information be sold or leaked, it might be used for illegal purposes such as theft.

It is necessary to break the illegal chain of selling people's facial information. Who collected the facial information of different people? How has the information reached the online sellers? Who would like to buy the information and where will they use it?

Selling of facial recognition data must be made a no-no

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