- Citizens in China must have their faces scanned to have the internet installed
- The rule is part of China’s social credit system and will take effect on Dec. 1
- Authority claimed the move could help improve the nation’s internet security
- China has been building the world’s most powerful facial-recognition system
- The nation is due to be equipped with 626 million CCTV cameras by 2020
China has stepped up its internet censorship by demanding its citizens pass a facial-recognition test to be able to use web services.
People who want to have the internet installed at home or on their phones must have their faces scanned by the Chinese authority to prove their identities, according to a new regulation.
The rule, which will take effect on December 1, is said to be part of the social credit system which rates the Chinese citizens based on their daily behaviour.
At present, a Chinese citizen will need to show his or her ID card while applying for a landline or the internet.
The facial-recognition test is set to verify that the ID card belongs to the applicant.
The directive was issued by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology late last month.
The Ministry claimed the move would help improve the country’s internet security and combat terrorism.
Chinese citizens are also banned from re-selling their SIM cards by the regulation to prevent unregistered users from making calls from mobile phones.
China has been building the world’s largest facial-recognition surveillance system.
The Big-Brother-style scheme is powered by hundreds of millions of AI street cameras aiming to identify any of the country’s citizens within three seconds.