Home / news / People in China are now required to have their faces scanned when registering new mobile phone services, as the authorities seek to verify the identities of China’s hundreds of millions of internet users. “People are being more and more strictly monitored. What are they [the government] afraid of?”

People in China are now required to have their faces scanned when registering new mobile phone services, as the authorities seek to verify the identities of China’s hundreds of millions of internet users. “People are being more and more strictly monitored. What are they [the government] afraid of?”

People in China are now required to have their faces scanned when registering new mobile phone services, as the authorities seek to verify the identities of China’s hundreds of millions of internet users. “People are being more and more strictly monitored. What are they [the government] afraid of?”

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  1. This is a preview of our own future, but here they’ll sell it to consumers as a security feature before it becomes mandatory.

  2. >What are they [the government] afraid of?”

    Revolution.

  3. China is setting an example for the rest of the world every time they get away with something like this. This isn’t just bad for the Chinese, this is bad for everyone.

  4. Well shit, guess it’s time to break out the Juggalo make-up… Seeing as it totally redefines the jawline and adds or replaces the location of eyes, to facial recognition software.

    Who knew I’d live to see the day when Juggslos were one of the last bastions of freedom…

    [EDIT: See for yourself how well it works!](https://www.metrotimes.com/city-slang/archives/2018/07/05/juggalo-makeup-can-thwart-facial-recognition-technology) [Another example.](https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5922361/Want-fool-facial-recognition-Juggalo-Makeup-worn-Insane-Clown-Posse-fans-trips-AI.html)

  5. The main reason the Chinese people support the Party is that their needs are met and the standard of living is increasing at an exponential rate. That can’t continue forever, so once the unsustainable growth stops there won’t be any reason to accept their oppression any more. By cutting off access to information, people won’t know once they’re in decline.

  6. Glad I took the family to Hong Kong a couple years ago. No way I’m stepping foot in any Chinese place ever again. Am looking forward to a Taiwan vacation though

  7. They’re afraid the people will get fed up and throw their dumplings in the harbor, if you get my drift.

  8. Everyone is encouraging Hong Kong to protest. China should protest. Fuck China.

  9. What is the Chinese Government afraid of?

    The same thing every government is afraid of.

    The people it governs.

  10. Never thought I’d live long enough to see a country actually turn into a dystopia in real time.

  11. China?

    Try Australia, our fascist Government seriously floated the idea of wank-cam adult site verification for Internet users.

  12. Opposition. They are afraid of any challenge to the established hierarchy of powerful individuals.

  13. They… are afraid of people that think for themselves and question authority

  14. This just after the Chinese Ambassador on a new show in the UK stated that Chinese people were free. That everyone in China was free to do as they wanted and the government never persecuted anyone for having views different than the government or having religious views. Interviewer actually started arguing with him because frankly the Chinese ambassador to the UK is a d******

  15. It’s real, it’s the future, and it’s here. Citizens are the enemy and thoughts are to be monitored. The biggest fear regimes have are free thinking.

  16. There’s already a form of this here in the US, when coming home from a European flight I had to have my face scanned at whatever airport I landed at, can’t remember which one, for customs.

  17. India has something similar when getting a sim (not as intrusive) but they do check that the information given matches their records.

  18. What is the Chinese Government afraid of?

    Remember back to your early teachings Anakin. “All those who gain power are afraid to lose it.” Even the Chinese government.

  19. I think their economy is going to bust soon. People will want to blame the CCP and they will fight to the death to stay in power. So they have to be sure no one blames them or says anything to criticize them.

  20. In Greece you have to provide your passport or other official state ID in order to purchase a sim card. The information is entered into a database and everyone is super safe as a result as it has never happened before that you can use sim cards from other countries or people.

  21. They’re afraid because they’re literally running concentration camps and want to stop any kind of protests before they catch on

  22. They’re afraid of Tienanmen square 2; of a big tent of democratically minded left wingers standing up and demanding party reform. China’s surprisingly vulnerable to insurgency if such a movement then radicalises into a revolution.

    China’s geography really lends itself to endless asymmetric warfare, it’s massive and there’s tons of mountains. If things get that far and guerrillas get dug into the countryside then civil war is certain and it’s almost inevitable that either the CCP will collapse or the country will splinter into multiple breakaway states (Tibet and Xinjiang will almost certainly exploit the chaos to have their own insurrections). Even with 2 million personnel it wouldn’t be enough to cover it all; China is 3.705 million mi². They could only spare one soldier per 1.8 square miles if they were to try and be everywhere at once.

  23. We have to do everything in our power to stop this from coming here more so than it already has.

  24. English teacher in china. They’ve already been doing this for a while. One company called China Mobile handles most of the cell phone reception in China. It’s basically a monopoly and I needed a face scan to get a Chinese sim card for my phone.

  25. I hope this cumbersome dystopian bureaucracy collapses under its own weight.

  26. Millions of foreveralones whose jobs will slowly be replaced by automation? I’d be afraid too

  27. There are more citizens than police or military. Should the youth of China say “Ok, fuck this shit,” it is over for the CCP, and they know it.

  28. Just curious, do you need a photo ID to purchase a mobile phone line in your country?

    Or can you just buy one from the store without an ID?

  29. The people. They are afraid of the people. The government, created by an uprising, is afraid of an uprising removing them, because they are no better, or actually worse than the people they replaced.

  30. Hong Kong. They’re afraid of Hong Kong.

  31. Fuck the chinese government

    You want anti face scan tech bc thats whats going to happen.

  32. They afraid of losing power because it’s an addictive drug

  33. I’m starting to think of it as a unique Chinese political characteristic that the ruling party *inevitably* takes their own ideology & authority to a level so extreme that it becomes self-destructive.

    They seem to push their own authority so hard that rebellion inevitably results from the subjects being so ruthlessly crushed. If they just let the common people have a little breathing room, no telling how long a regime could last.

  34. always. put. tape. over. your. cameras.

  35. Was in holidays in china and needed mobile data so mom went to get it and you are only allowed to register a number of sim cards in china. Pretty sure its 4 or 3 or something but it was the last one my mom was able to buu

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