The claim of China, is that by tracking the real-name of every phone user, they are “safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of citizens online”. Of course, the usage of this technology to track protesters is not occurring. China would never resort to the old tactics of the KGB. Nobody has anything to fear. And of course, this could never come to the United States, ever.

China will require telecom operators to collect face scans when registering new phone users at offline outlets starting Sunday, according to the country’s information technology authority, as Beijing continues to tighten cyberspace controls. In September, China’s industry and information technology ministry issued a notice on “safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of citizens online”, which laid out rules for enforcing real-name registration.

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