• Zeyi Yang

Beijing sours on facial recognition, unless it’s the one doing it

State media and new regulations are going after dodgy company practices. Government still gets a free pass.
A screen shows visitors being filmed by AI (artificial intelligence) security cameras with facial recognition technology at the 14th China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing on October 24, 2018. | NICOLAS ASFOURI / Contributor/ Getty Images

A screen shows visitors being filmed by AI (artificial intelligence) security cameras with facial recognition technology at the 14th China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing on October 24, 2018. | NICOLAS ASFOURI / Contributor/ Getty Images


Beijing exposed several private companies for stealthily collecting facial recognition data from retail shoppers, but the same level of scrutiny is not applied to government actors.


I reported for Protocol | China.